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Politics Schumer, Pushing McConnell to Negotiate, Lays Out Plan for Impeachment Trial

02:55  16 december  2019
02:55  16 december  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

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Senator Mitch McConnell is resisting the idea of a drawn- out impeachment trial in favor of a shorter, more Viewed another way, he can lose only two votes if he wants to push through a resolution with only Republican Mr. McConnell has yet to consult with Mr. Schumer on the parameters of the trial

Mr. McConnell and White House officials — including Pat A. Cipollone, the White House counsel, who is expected to represent Mr. Trump during the trial , and Eric Ueland, the White House congressional liaison — have been meeting privately to hash out their differences and present a plan for the trial to

WASHINGTON — As the House prepared to make President Trump only the third president in American history to be impeached, the Senate’s top Democrat on Sunday laid out a detailed proposal for a Senate trial “in which all of the facts can be considered fully and fairly” — including subpoenas for documents the White House has withheld and witnesses it has prevented from testifying.

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., calls on a reporter during a news conference, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)© AP Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., calls on a reporter during a news conference, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, presented the proposal in a letter to his Republican counterpart, Senator Mitch McConnell, in an opening move to force Republicans to negotiate over the shape and scope of the proceedings. Mr. McConnell’s statement last week that he was “taking my cues” from the White House infuriated Democrats, who accused him of abandoning his oath to render “impartial justice” in the trial.

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“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. In his letter, Schumer cites the precedent of the procedures from President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial , when the Senate did hear from witnesses.

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In the letter, Mr. Schumer set the time frame for a trial that would begin on Jan. 7, and called for four top White House officials who have not previously testified — including Mick Mulvaney, Mr. Trump’s acting chief of staff, and John R. Bolton, the president’s former national security adviser — to appear as witnesses.

Mr. Schumer also called for the Senate to subpoena documents that could shed light on the events at the heart of the charges against Mr. Trump: his campaign to enlist Ukraine to investigate his political rivals. And he set forth a specific timetable for each side to present its case, modeled on the one used when President Bill Clinton was tried in 1999. Mr. Clinton’s trial lasted about five weeks.

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“Senate Democrats believe strongly, and I trust Senate Republicans agree, that this trial must be one that is fair, that considers all of the relevant facts, and that exercises the Senate’s ‘sole power of impeachment’ under the Constitution with integrity and dignity,” Mr. Schumer wrote.

“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,” the letter went on. “That is the great challenge for the Senate in the coming weeks.”

Mr. McConnell, of Kentucky, has voiced support for a short, dignified trial, even though Mr. Trump has privately pushed for a longer process that would allow him and his allies to mount an aggressive defense against what he has repeatedly called “a hoax” being perpetrated on the American people. Mr. McConnell met last week with Pat A. Cipollone, the White House counsel, to lay the groundwork for the proceedings, though no agreement has been reached.

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There are effectively two paths Mr. McConnell can take in setting the parameters of the trial: He can strike an agreement with Mr. Schumer, or he can push through a resolution so long as he has the votes of 51 senators. But with just 53 Republicans in the Senate, Mr. McConnell has a narrow margin; he can only afford two defections.

Mr. McConnell has yet to reach out directly to Mr. Schumer. However, on Twitter over the weekend, Senator John Cornyn of Texas, who until this year was the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, said he was certain Mr. McConnell would work with the Democratic leader.

“Strictly procedural,” Mr. Cornyn wrote, in pushing back against the assertion that Mr. McConnell was letting Mr. Trump plan his own trial. “Customarily the parties try their own cases. Also I am sure Senator McConnell would listen to Senator Schumer’s ideas.”

In trying to force Mr. McConnell to the negotiating table, Mr. Schumer is betting that centrist and independent-minded Republicans like Senators Susan Collins of Maine, who is facing a tough race for re-election in 2020, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska will not go along with a trial devised solely by Mr. McConnell and Mr. Trump.

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President Donald Trump’s showman instincts will be running up against Mitch McConnell ’s cautious management of the Senate as the two men with the most important relationship in Washington negotiate the terms of a high-stakes, election-year impeachment trial .

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The debate over the shape of the trial came as House Democrats barreled ahead with their plan to hold a vote to impeach the president on two charges: abuse of the powers of his office and obstruction of Congress. A vote is likely on Wednesday.

The vote will be a tough one for moderate House Democrats, especially the so-called front-liners in Trump-friendly districts who flipped Republican seats in 2018. One of those front-liners, Representative Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, told aides over the weekend that he intends to become a Republican next week. Others were starting to announce their plans.

Representative Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota — who was the only Democrat, other than Mr. Van Drew, to vote against formalizing an impeachment inquiry — announced Saturday that he would most likely vote against impeachment. Representatives Jason Crow, Democrat of Colorado, and Antonio Delgado, Democrat of New York, said they would support impeachment.

At the same time, a group of more than two dozen freshman Democrats in the House is quietly lobbying for Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, an independent who left the Republican Party this year, to serve as one of the six or more impeachment managers to present the case against Mr. Trump during the Senate trial.

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Mr. Amash has been an outspoken proponent of the president’s impeachment, and the freshman lawmakers believe his selection would be a sign of bipartisanship. The idea, which was first reported by The Washington Post, appeals to moderate Democrats from conservative-leaning districts where the president is popular who are wary of joining in a one-sided impeachment vote and looking for ways to show they pushed for a fair process.

“If he would be willing to do it, it would send all the right signals to have a principled constitutional conservative front and center in a process that is not supposed to be partisan,” said Representative Tom Malinowski, Democrat of New Jersey, who flipped a Republican seat and is facing a tough re-election race.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi will have the final say on who serves as managers, which are high-profile, coveted spots for Democratic lawmakers. A final decision is likely early this week, but Ms. Pelosi, who has kept tight control over the impeachment process so far, has given no indication that she would be willing to invite anyone but a loyalist to serve as the face of the House impeachment investigation.

A spokesman for Ms. Pelosi declined to comment about the possible selection of Mr. Amash as an impeachment manager. A person close to the impeachment inquiry said it would be highly unlikely that the speaker would risk appointing Mr. Amash when several of her own members are eager to be managers.

As party leaders looked ahead to a trial in the Senate, lawmakers of both parties took to the airwaves on Sunday.

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McConnell and Schumer have yet to negotiate an agreement on the trial .“What is not possible obviously would be to turn to an impeachment trial or to do [the U.S McConnell , Coordinating With White House, Lays Plans for . Representative Val B. Demings, Democrat of Florida and a member of

WASHINGTON — Democrats vowed on Sunday to push forward this week with the third impeachment of a sitting president in history, a move Republicans denounced as a grave and partisan misuse of the Constitution’s power to hold a president accountable.

Two Republican senators said they had already decided they would vote to acquit Mr. Trump. Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, predicted that the president would be cleared of the charges against him in the Senate, a view widely shared among members of both parties.

“I think this is the beginning of the end for this show trial that we’ve seen in the House,” Mr. Cruz said. “I think it’s going to come to the Senate. We’re going to have fair proceedings, and then it’s not going anywhere because the facts aren’t there.”

Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, said he hoped the Republican-led Senate would conduct a short impeachment trial that could be over quickly, without calling numerous witnesses on both sides.

“I think what’s best for the country is to get this thing over with,” Mr. Graham said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “I’m not trying to hide the fact that I have disdain for the accusations in the process.”

Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, on Sunday condemned Mr. McConnell and others for seeking to conduct a trial without demanding testimony and documents that the White House refused to provide to House investigators.

“They don’t want the American people to see the facts,” Mr. Schiff said on “This Week.” “There’s more damning evidence to be had, and they don’t want the American people to see that, and I think that’s disgraceful.”

Senator Chris Coons, Democrat of Delaware, said that if the Senate proceeding was “dismissed on the first day, obviously that’s not a full and fair trial.” And he said he was worried about what the president would do if he was not removed from office.

“If the Senate Republican majority refuses to discipline him through impeachment, he will be unbounded,” Mr. Coons said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And I’m gravely concerned about what else he might do between now and the 2020 election, when there are no restrictions on his behavior.”

Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which on Friday approved the articles of impeachment against Mr. Trump, said the president deserved to be impeached for pressuring Ukraine’s government to investigate his political rivals and obstructing Congress.

Mr. Nadler accused Mr. Trump of continuing to solicit foreign help in the 2020 elections and urged Republicans to join with Democrats in the House to impeach him during the vote expected on Wednesday, a prospect that appeared increasingly remote.

“This is a crime in progress against the Constitution and against the American democracy,” Mr. Nadler said on ABC’s “This Week.” “We cannot take the risk that the next election will be corrupted through foreign interference solicited by the president, which he is clearly trying to do. It goes to the heart of our democracy.”

Republicans defended Mr. Trump, insisting that after a nearly three-month investigation, Democrats had failed to prove that the president committed a crime. Representative Will Hurd, a Texas Republican who has criticized the president’s behavior in the Ukraine matter, nonetheless said he would vote against impeaching him.

“My fear is that you weaponize impeachment for political gains in the future,” Mr. Hurd said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “For me, my standard for impeachment has always been a violation of the law.”

Nicholas Fandos and Chris Cameron contributed reporting.

Trump blasts Pelosi for 'crying for fairness' in Senate trial .
Pelosi tweeted Monday that the House "cannot choose our impeachment managers until we know what sort of trial the Senate will conduct.""Pelosi gives us the most unfair trial in the history of the U.S. Congress, and now she is crying for fairness in the Senate, and breaking all rules while doing so," Trump tweeted.

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