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Politics Pelosi: Republicans 'have run out of excuses' to block impeachment trial witnesses after Bolton offer to testify

22:25  06 january  2020
22:25  06 january  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

Schumer seizes on new reporting in calls for trial witnesses

  Schumer seizes on new reporting in calls for trial witnesses Schumer and McConnell have yet to agree on the terms of the trial.“Simply put: In our fight to have key documents and witnesses in a Senate impeachment trial, these new revelations are a game-changer,” Schumer said at a news conference in New York City.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi hailed news that former national security adviser John Bolton said he would testify during President Trump's impeachment trial by urging Republicans to allow witnesses at the Senate-run event.

Nancy Pelosi in a red shirt© Provided by Washington Examiner

"The President & Sen. McConnell have run out of excuses," the California Democrat tweeted Monday. "They must allow key witnesses to testify, and produce the documents Trump has blocked, so Americans can see the facts for themselves."

She added, "The Senate cannot be complicit in the President's cover-up."

Bolton, 71, said Monday that he would testify before the Senate in the impeachment trial if he were subpoenaed. He was Trump's national security adviser when the events leading to the president's impeachment occurred. Bolton had previously declined to comply with impeachment proceedings in the House, and the White House blocked him from testifying.

Pelosi, 79, has been withholding articles of impeachment from the Senate for weeks because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled he may not call any witnesses. The Kentucky Republican said he will not negotiate with the speaker.

McConnell says he has enough Republican votes to begin Trump's trial without witnesses

  McConnell says he has enough Republican votes to begin Trump's trial without witnesses The process cannot get started until Nancy Pelosi sends the House-passed articles to the Senate."We have the votes once the impeachment trial has begun to pass a resolution — essentially the same as, very similar to, the 100-to-nothing vote in the Clinton trial," McConnell told reporters.

"It’s beyond me how the speaker and Democratic leader in the Senate think withholding the articles of impeachment and not sending them over gives them leverage," McConnell said last month.

Sen. Josh Hawley has since announced his intention to introduce a measure to dismiss articles of impeachment because House Democrats have withheld them from GOP Senate leaders.

"In real world, if prosecution doesn’t proceed with case, it gets dismissed," the Missouri Republican said last week. "I will introduce measure to dismiss this bogus impeachment for lack of prosecution."

Trump wants Pelosi, Schiff as impeachment witnesses .
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that senators will “pay a price” if they block new witnesses in Donald Trump's impeachment trial, but the president quickly retorted that she and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff should also testify. The House plans to vote this week to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate for the historic trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress over Trump'sThe House plans to vote this week to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate for the historic trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress over Trump's actions toward Ukraine. It will be only the third impeachment trial in American history.

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