FoxNews.com reports that
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Sunday sent Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., a letter outlining the parameters for a weekslong Senate impeachment trial, including the proposal that former National Security Adviser John Bolton and acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney be subpoenaed to testify.
Bolton and Mulvaney were among four new witnesses whose testimonies Democrats were seeking for the impeachment trial over President Trump’s actions toward Ukraine.
In the letter, Schumer proposed the structure for a “fair and honest” trial, in an attempt to launch negotiations ahead of House voting this week.
Trump is accused of abusing his presidential power by asking Ukraine to investigate his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, while holding American military aid as leverage, and obstructing Congress by blocking the House’s efforts to investigate his actions. Trump and the White House repeatedly have denied he did anything wrong.
An impeachment vote is widely expected in the Democrat-controlled House, but likely will be quashed in the Senate, where Republicans have held the majority. McConnell has signaled his preference for a speedy trial.
Schumer wrote in his letter that the trial must “be one that not only hears all of the evidence and adjudicates the case fairly; it must also pass the fairness test with the American people.”
Schumer also proposed a detailed structure and timeline for a trial to begin Jan. 7, with the swearing-in of Chief Justice John Roberts to oversee the proceedings and stretching for several weeks as Democrats subpoena witnesses and testimony.
A recent book claimed that Bolton labeled the alternative foreign policy being run by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and others as a “drug deal,” and he wanted no part of it. He left his post in September.
In addition to Bolton and Mulvaney, Schumer said Democrats also wanted testimony from two other White House officials: Robert Blair, a top Mulvaney aide, and Michael Duffey, a budget official who was tasked with handling the Ukraine issue.
Schumer additionally set out a specific schedule that would allow for 24 hours of opening arguments by the House Democrats’ impeachment managers and then 24 hours for the White House lawyers to present their arguments, followed by days of witness testimony.
A spokesman for McConnell told Fox News that the Senate majority leader “has made it clear he plans to meet with Leader Schumer to discuss the contours of a trial soon. That timeline has not changed.”
McConnell has made clear in recent days his preference for a speedy trial without calling witnesses, as other Republicans said they feared it could become a spectacle.
Appearing on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, top ally Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he also preferred a swift trial.
“I’d tell the president, if somebody is ready to acquit you, I’d sort of get out of the way,” Graham said. He warned that calling witnesses could mean that Trump administration officials such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, whom the White House previously blocked from appearing before investigators, could be forced to testify.
“I understand the president’s frustration, but I think what’s best for the country is to get this thing over with,” Graham said. “I clearly made up my mind. I’m not trying to hide the fact that I have disdain for the accusations in the process, so I don’t need any witnesses.”
Trump has lashed out repeatedly against impeachment and has told confidants that even if he’s acquitted in the Senate as expected, it will mark a stain on his legacy.
“The Impeachment Hoax is just a continuation of the Witch Hunt which has been going on for 3 years. We will win!” Trump tweeted Sunday.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week” that Trump should be able to call witnesses, including Biden’s son Hunter and the whistleblower who reported Trump’s July telephone conversation with Ukraine’s president.
Hunter Biden was on the board of a Ukrainian energy company while his father was vice president, and Trump has alleged that Joe Biden got a Ukrainian prosecutor fired because the prosecutor was looking into the energy company. The U.S. and many other Western governments had pushed for the prosecutor’s ouster, saying he was soft on crime.
McConnell and the rest of the Senate Republicans should not do the Democrats any favors.
If there was a way for only the Republicans to be able to call witnesses during the Senate Trial, I would love for Rep. Adam Schiff and the Bidens to be sworn in and be made to answer questions about Ukraine and the Impeachment Sham.
However, there is a part of me that wants this whole Crazy Train of the Democrats derailed by a quick dismissal or acquittal, giving them no chance to continue their mockery of our country, our Constitution, and our right as American Citizens to choose whom we want to be our President through the Constitutional Process of the Electoral College.
In my 61 years of life, I have never seen this Sacred Land so divided.
And, the kicker is the fact that it has been irresponsibly done for the sole purpose of a political party seeking to rule our daily lives and to radically change our Sovereign Nation, even though they lost the last Presidential Election fair and square.
These power-hungry professional politicians simply do not care about the wishes of those who live in the 80% of America’s land mass which is colored red on the 2016 Presidential Election Electoral Map.
Our wishes, our culture, our faith, and our daily lives do not matter to them.
Their unbridled hatred of President Trump and their lust to regain the power of the Presidency have made them oblivious to the opinions of anyone who does not believe in their “just cause”
We are all a bunch of “Deplorables” to them.
All of the spying, the baseless accusations, the Russia Probe Lynch Mob, and now, the Impeachment Sham, have all been a byproduct of the Democrat’s arrogant uncontrollable grief over Trump’s popularity and relationship with average Americans, which led to his election by those whom they abandoned long ago for special interest groups.
Between now and their Christmas Break, the Senate Republicans must stomp on the Democrats hard enough to where they will think twice about attempting any of this garbage again.
The Democrats have wasted the time and money of American Taxpayers while they threw a three year long temper tantrum like a bunch of spoiled brats.
And, while they were doing nothing but that, President Trump was making America great again.
It is time that the Democrats had a Reality Check.
Until He Comes,