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Politics Schiff: Calling Hunter Biden as trial witness would be an "abuse"

15:05  21 january  2020
15:05  21 january  2020 Source:   cbsnews.com

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"I understand both sides get to call witnesses ." It remains an open question whether new witnesses can be called in the trial that will determine whether Trump Nadler said testimony from Hunter Biden would be irrelevant because "he has no knowledge of the accusations against the president."

Impeachment trial of Donald Trump. A non-verbatim transcript of the Trump–Zelensky call confirmed that Trump requested investigations into Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden , as well as a conspiracy theory involving a Democratic National Committee server, while repeatedly urging Zelensky to work

Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, one of the House impeachment managers, said the question of whether witnesses are heard in President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial may have to be settled by Chief Justice John Roberts, who will be presiding over the trial. But, he warned that witnesses like Hunter Biden, former Vice President Joe Biden's son, are "immaterial" and would constitute an "abuse" of the Senate trial.

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The question of witnesses and other matters would be decided on the fly by majority vote. The senators vote separately on the two articles of impeachment – the first charging Trump with abuse of power, the second charging him with obstruction of Congress.

to Republican senators calling Hunter or Joe Biden in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Witt said, “If the Senate agrees to call witnesses , including some of the Democrats, want to hear from, John Bolton, even Mike Pence, Rudy Giuliani, even though those would be a long shot

In an exclusive interview, "CBS Evening News" anchor Norah O'Donnell asked Schiff whether Democrats are prepared for who Republicans might want to call as witnesses. The Democrats have requested four witnesses: former national security adviser John Bolton; acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney; senior adviser to Mulvaney, Robert Blair; and Office of Management and Budget official Michael Duffey.

One of the names that's been floated for Republicans is Hunter Biden, who was on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma while his father was vice president.

"It would certainly be fair for the president and his team to be able to call witnesses that can provide material information on the charges. It would not be appropriate for the president to seek to call witnesses merely to try to perpetuate the same smear campaign that was foiled when his plot was discovered," Schiff told O'Donnell. "Hunter Biden, for example, can't tell us anything about whether the president withheld military aid, whether he withheld that aid to coerce Ukraine to conduct political investigations. Or why he wouldn't meet with the president of Ukraine."

Democrat Schumer: impeachment witness trade involving Hunter Biden "off the table"

  Democrat Schumer: impeachment witness trade involving Hunter Biden USA-TRUMP/IMPEACHMENT-WITNESSES (URGENT):Democrat Schumer: impeachment witness trade involving Hunter Biden "off the table"WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday ruled out a so-called witness trade in which Republicans call witnesses Democrats want in exchange for former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden testifying in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s legal team called on the Senate on Monday to “swiftly reject” the impeachment charges and acquit him, maintaining that he committed no impeachable offense and has been the victim of an illegitimate partisan effort to take him down.

son, Hunter Biden , should be called to testify as a witness in a possible impeachment trial in the Senate, saying it would turn the process into a “circus.” In his letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Schumer said Democrats would be open to hearing the testimony of “additional

Schiff added, "The only purpose in putting him on their list is they wish to trade material witnesses, like Mr. Bolton and Mulvaney and others for immaterial ones that will allow them to continue to attack a political opponent. That's an illegitimate abuse of the trial. And the chief justice, who may have an opportunity to rule on materiality of witnesses, as well as the senators, should not permit that kind of abuse."

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Watch more of O'Donnell's interview with Schiff and three other impeachment managers, Representatives Val Demings, Zoe Lofgren, and Jason Crow, on "CBS Evening News" at 6:30 p.m. ET and on CBSN at 10 p.m. ET Tuesday.

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX., said Monday that "additional witnesses are not necessary"-- even in light of revelations from President Trump's former national security advisor John Bolton in a leaked manuscript of an upcoming book that claims Trump explicitly linked a hold on military aid to Ukraine to an investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden-- and instead insisted that the Senate call Hunter Biden to testify. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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