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Why does chuck think the way the dems ran the House impeachment committee the dems should have a say in how the senate trial runs?

 

 

 

 

 

Schumer requests four witnesses, including Mulvaney and Bolton, in letter to McConnell about Senate impeachment trial

By Lauren Fox, CNN

 

Updated 7:28 PM ET, Sun December 15, 2019 

 
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) listens to questions from the media during a press conference following weekly policy luncheons at the U.S. Capitol on December 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. Schumer answered a range of questions relating primarily to a potential impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, and the pending senate legislative agenda.

 

US President Donald Trump speaks at the White House Summit on Child Care and Paid Leave on December 12, 2019, in Washington, DC.

 

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) listens to questions from the media during a press conference following weekly policy luncheons at the U.S. Capitol on December 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. Schumer answered a range of questions relating primarily to a potential impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, and the pending senate legislative agenda.

 

US President Donald Trump speaks at the White House Summit on Child Care and Paid Leave on December 12, 2019, in Washington, DC.

 

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(CNN)Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made it clear in a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Sunday night that he prefers a Senate impeachment trial with witness testimony and new documents, a direct rebuttal to top Republicans who have argued in recent days that a shorter trial without witnesses would spare the Senate from becoming a partisan circus.

In the letter obtained by CNN, Schumer, a New York Democrat, called for at least four witnesses to testify, including acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, former national security adviser John Bolton, senior adviser to the acting White House chief of staff Robert Blair and Office of Management and Budget official Michael Duffey.
"We believe all of this should be considered in one resolution. The issue of witnesses and documents, which are the most important issues facing us, should be decided before we move forward with any part of the trial," Schumer wrote in the letter, adding that he would be "open to hearing the testimony of additional witnesses."
The letter comes just days ahead of the House's expected vote to impeach President Donald Trump, which would set up a trial in the Senate.
 
 
 
Schumer's letter is the first public outreach between the leaders, who rank-and-file members on the Republican and Democratic sides have argued should sit down to hammer out the rules of the road. But Schumer's letter casts doubt on whether the two leaders will be able to agree on any resolution that sets out impeachment floor proceedings. Ultimately, the Republican majority has the power to set the rules for a trial without Democratic votes, but it will require almost-complete GOP unity with just two votes to spare in their 53-member majority.
CNN has reached out to McConnell's office and the White House for comment on the letter. 
Schumer also laid out his preference for how long House managers and White House counsel would have to make their cases, cross-examine witnesses and give closing arguments. Schumer and McConnell have yet to meet to discuss the rules for the impeachment trial, which is expected to begin when lawmakers return from their holiday recess.

Schumer lays out his preference for a process

In his letter, Schumer suggested a detailed plan for how to run the Senate trial, including when it should begin and how long each side should have to make their case. 
"I propose that pre-trial housekeeping measures be adopted on Monday, January 6, 2020; that the swearing-in of the Chief Justice and Senators occur on Tuesday, January 7, 2020; that after a period for preparation and submission of trial briefs, the House Managers be recognized on Thursday, January 9, 2020 to make their presentation for a period of not more than 24 hours, followed by the presentation by the President's counsel, also for a period of not more than 24 hours," Schumer wrote.
Schumer also outlined a plan in which each side would have 24 hours for "opening presentations and rebuttals" and 16 hours evenly divided for Republican and Democratic senators to ask questions.
In his letter to McConnell, Schumer also made it clear that he wants the Senate to subpoena additional documents that would shed light on why nearly $400 million in US military aid was temporarily withheld to Ukraine.
"This will be a narrowly drawn request limited to electronic communications, memoranda and related records of the relevant senior officials in the White House, Office of Management and Budget, and Department of State. Our understanding is that these records have already been collected by the White House counsel and counsel in the relevant agencies, so production in response to the Senate subpoenas should be neither burdensome nor time-consuming," Schumer wrote.

Republican thinking so far

McConnell has said publicly that the Senate will begin its trial after the college football bowl games have ended, presumably the week of January 6. But, McConnell has remained vague on how long the trial will ultimately take or how it will be structured. He told reporters last week that senators would ultimately have two choices after House managers and the President's counsel lay out their cases.
"It could go down the path of calling witnesses and basically having another trial or it could decide -- and again, 51 members could make that decision -- that they've heard enough and believe they know what would happen and could move to vote on the two articles of impeachment," he said. "Those are the options. No decisions have been made yet."
 
White House Counsel Pat Cipollone has remained in constant contact with McConnell about the impeachment trial, meeting with the majority leader as recently as Thursday afternoon.
"Everything I do during this, I am coordinating with White House counsel," McConnell told Fox News host Sean Hannity last week.
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1 minute ago, Duck615 said:

so republicans can call shiftyshiit head also?

I have to laugh at those of you who call Schiff pencil necks while being too stupid to see the absurdity of trumps goiter neck which compliments that sill hairdo so well.

hands up duck...you want a nice thin neck or neck of blubber in an ugly shade of orange?

 

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1 minute ago, harryramar said:

I have to laugh at those of you who call Schiff pencil necks while being too stupid to see the absurdity of trumps goiter neck which compliments that sill hairdo so well.

hands up duck...you want a nice thin neck or neck of blubber in an ugly shade of orange?

 

you poor poor liberal asswipe… you must be furious because the left keeps losing

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1 hour ago, harryramar said:

Hahahaha

the last thing trump, the cult, and the gop want is for eyewitnesses to testify under oath.

trump will put on a dog and pony show to fool the suckers but the last thing he wants is the truth to be told😆

I want the leaker schiff and the Bidens under oath!

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1 minute ago, king of the county said:

Trump did nothing the call was perfect the leaker took second hand hearsay and ran to schiff 

a perfect call that Bolton called a drug deal. this is why you crooks and dirtydon do not want bolton to tell the truth. 

trump is playing you fools for the suckers you are.

he demands witnesses to come and clear him except they will never ever show up. and you saps will be standing their with your dicks in hand and your teeth hangiong out.

sad that there are so many suckers

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Or to put republican position in short words, they complained throughout the House hearings that the witnesses willing to testify weren’t “direct” witnesses (while tRump obstructed all the “direct” witnesses from testifying, and now they want a “trial” without witnesses at all. 
 

what do these witnesses know that so terrifies tRumps lackeys?

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