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Politics Schumer on Senate impeachment trial: 'We will force votes' on witnesses and documents

05:30  20 january  2020
05:30  20 january  2020 Source:   cnn.com

Senate trial expected to start January 21

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) vowed Tuesday to force votes for witnesses at the beginning of the upper chamber’s impeachment trial , even though Republicans have the votes to block the demand. “Make no mistake, on the question of witnesses and documents , Republicans

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) indicated on Tuesday that Democrats will force votes during the Senate impeachment trial on calling witnesses such as acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security advi.

Chuck Schumer wearing a suit and tie© CNN

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday night he is prepared to "force votes for witnesses and documents" in the Senate impeachment trial if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does not call for it in his proposal.

"We have the right to do it, We are going to do it and we are going to do it at the beginning on Tuesday if leader McConnell doesn't call for these witnesses in his proposal," Schumer said at a press conference in New York. "We're allowed to amend it, and ask for them. I am allowed to amend it -- and then if they say well let's wait and hear the arguments we'll want a vote after they hear the arguments as well and we will do everything we can to force votes again."

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Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) said that Democrats will force votes on witnesses at the start of the impeachment trial even as Majority Leader There will be votes at the beginning on whether to call the four witnesses we ’ve proposed and subpoena the documents we ’ve identified.”

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday renewed his call for key Trump administration figures to testify during the Senate impeachment trial in the wake of a New York Times report detailing the White House’s effor.

Schumer's comments come as the Senate impeachment trial is set to begin in earnest Tuesday when Republicans and Democrats are expected to battle over a resolution setting the rules for the trial and shortly after start opening arguments. McConnell has said he doesn't want the Senate to debate the questions of compelling witnesses and documents until after opening arguments and questions are completed.

Fifty-one senators would have to vote for witnesses, so if all 47 Democrats are unified, four Republicans would need to support it to pass. It's still an open question if Democrats can wrangle four Republicans to break ranks.

"And it will be up to four Republicans to side with the Constitution, to side with our Democracy, to side with rule of law," Schumer told reporters. "And not side, in blind obeisance, to President Trump and his desire to suppress the truth. Because in my judgment, he probably thinks he's guilty."

Schumer navigates rocky terrain as impeachment trial unfolds

  Schumer navigates rocky terrain as impeachment trial unfolds NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Chuck Schumer stood at the finish line of a half-marathon in New York City, slapping high-fives. Then he was off to Washington for a meeting about the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. By the end of the night, he was back in New York, insisting at a news conference that witnesses are needed for a fair impeachment trial. The whiplash schedule comes as the New York Democrat tries to navigate the tough terrain as the Senate moves into the third impeachment trial of a sitting president in American history while also trying to maintain his constant presence dealing with a host of local issues in New York.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is seeking to force the chamber to vote on witnesses at the start of the impeachment trial . “This idea is as backward as it sounds — trials should be informed by witnesses and documents , they’re not an afterthought.”

Trump predicts Senate trial 'should go very quickly'. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been extremely critical of Trump's impeachment by the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer suggested Republicans are being cowed into lockstep with Trump and seek a speedy end to the trial .

Schumer also suggested that McConnell wants to "rush" President Donald Trump's trial so quickly because he's "afraid" of what the American people may hear.

Four sources familiar with the matter have told CNN that Senate Republican leaders are mulling limiting the number of days given to both the House managers and White House defense team to present their opening arguments. Their plan would give each side two, 12-hour sessions to make their arguments.

When asked about that potential approach Sunday, Schumer said, "Two 12 hour days -- that's not as -- people need to absorb this, this is very serious stuff, but we'll see what (McConnell) does."

The top Senate Democrat said McConnell has not made his plan public, and Schumer is not privy to it. He said he has been waiting for McConnell to negotiate to no avail.

Democrats predict speedy court victory in impeachment witness battle .
Senate Democrats believe they can quickly win a court fight if President Trump attempts to use executive privilege to block witness testimony, they told reporters Friday. “There could be a litigious argument, but I think it will be dismissed rather quickly,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said Friday when asked about a protracted court battle to get witnesses to testify at Trump’s impeachment trial. “They would be given very prompt judicial review given the urgency in the stakes of an impeachment trial.

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