Politics Senate Dems ask that Mick Mulvaney and John Bolton testify at impeachment trial

02:35  16 december  2019
02:35  16 december  2019 Source:   politico.com

Mulvaney compares impeachment to a bitter divorce where your spouse goes on TV

  Mulvaney compares impeachment to a bitter divorce where your spouse goes on TV Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney compared life under impeachment to an acrimonious divorce, shortly after the Democrats announced they would bring two articles of impeachment against President Trump. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc."People ask me all the time, 'How are you doing? How are you handling this?'" Mulvaney said at the Wall Street Journal's annual CEO Council meeting. "This is what it's like; this is how I'm handling it. I want you to imagine going through the worst possible divorce ...

Mr. Bolton has declined an invitation to testify and has not been subpoenaed but is awaiting the result of a And for that matter, if the House does impeach Mr. Trump and sends the case to the Senate for a trial that Mr. Mulvaney protested testimony on Thursday by Fiona Hill, a former Bolton deputy

WASHINGTON — Mick Mulvaney , the acting White House chief of staff, reversed gears on Tuesday and said he would follow President Trump’s order to defy a House subpoena and refuse to testify as part of its impeachment inquiry rather than seek a judge’s ruling.

Chuck Schumer has made his opening offer to Mitch McConnell about the impending Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. And the Democratic leader is driving a hard bargain.

Chuck Schumer wearing glasses and a suit and tie: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.© Provided by POLITICO Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

In a letter sent on Sunday evening to McConnell, the majority leader, Schumer says Senate Democrats want to hear testimony from four administration witnesses, including acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton. There is almost no chance Senate Republicans would vote to subpoena those witnesses without assent from the White House and calling their own preferred witnesses.

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Schumer also proposes that the trial process begin on Jan. 6, with the trial itself starting on Jan. 9, and asks for a structure similar to the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in 1999. The House is set to impeach Trump this week, turning the focus of the nation to a polarized Senate, where bipartisan cooperation has been relegated to little other than defense and spending bills.

“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 says in the letter to McConnell. “That is the great challenge for the Senate in the coming weeks.”

Conway says White House sees 'no reason' to bow to Democratic witness demands

  Conway says White House sees 'no reason' to bow to Democratic witness demands White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters Monday that the White House sees "no reason" for acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and three other witnesses to testify at a Senate impeachment trial, as requested by the top Democrat in the Senate."We don't do things just because Sen. [Chuck] Schumer asks us to do them. That's very clear," Conway told reporters at the White House Monday evening. "Starting on Oc. 8, our White House counsel made very clear that he looks at the entire process as unconstitutional, illegitimate, and ill-conceived." "There is no reason for them to go and testify in the Senate trial, as far as we can see.

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McConnell and Schumer have yet to sit down and have a discussion specifically about the trial parameters. If they can strike a deal, the Senate’s impeachment resolution governing the rules of the road could pass with broad support, as it did in Clinton‘s day. But if McConnell can get 51 of the 53 Senate Republicans to stick together, he and the GOP could in theory ignore Schumer’s request and bipartisan negotiations altogether.

A handful of Republican senators, including Mitt Romney of Utah and Susan Collins of Maine, could be tough for either side to persuade. A simple majority is needed to pass resolutions in the trial, while convicting and removing the president requires the vote of two-thirds of senators.

For now, Senate Republicans have settled on a strategy of hearing the opening argument from Trump and House Democrats, with the option to call witnesses later. Schumer disagrees with that approach: He says witnesses, documents and trial parameters “should be considered in one resolution.”

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McConnell told Sean Hannity on Fox News last week that he was in close coordination with White House counsel Pat Cipollone about the trial, and Trump has asked for witnesses such as Hunter Biden to appear before the trial. And while Schumer says “it is clear that the Senate should hear testimony of witnesses,” he appears to throw cold water on the idea of inviting the Bidens.

Schumer says his party is open to other witnesses who have “direct knowledge” of the decisions behind delaying aide to Ukraine and asking the government in Kyiv to announce an investigation into Joe Biden and his son. Those requests would seem to ignore Trump’s preferred witnesses.

In addition to Mulvaney and Bolton, Schumer says Democrats would also like to call Robert Blair, an aide to Mulvaney, and Michael Duffey, who works at the Office of Management and Budget. Democrats believe those officials have information about the withholding of the aid, but the White House has declined to make them available to House investigators.

Schumer also proposes “that the Senate issue subpoenas for a limited set of documents that we believe will shed additional light on the administration’s decision-making.” Finally, Democrats want 24 hours for both the president’s lawyers and the House impeachment managers to each give “opening presentations and rebuttals” to the Senate, along with 16 hours of questioning by senators, divided equally between the parties. Witnesses would be questioned for four hours per side; in Clinton’s trial, however, witnesses gave closed-door depositions.

Schumer said he hoped he and McConnell could help the Senate “rise to this critically important occasion.”

“Conducting the trial according to this plan,” Schumer says, “will also allow the public to have confidence in the process and will demonstrate that the Senate can put aside partisan concerns and fulfill its constitutional duty.”

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Robert Blair will be the special representative for international telecommunications policy.Trump on Monday named Robert Blair — a top aide to acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney — as the special representative for international telecommunications policy, a position that puts Blair in a central role atop a U.S. effort to “promote a secure and reliable global telecommunications system.

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