Politics Senate blocks Democrats' pretrial demand for Trump documents

00:20  22 january  2020
00:20  22 january  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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While the impeachment trial was launched against President Trump in the Senate today, he is The US Senate has voted on Tuesday to block the Democrats ' demand for White House documents to be subpoenaed in the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump , Reuters reported.

In a 111-page document filed before Trump ’s Senate trial begins in earnest on Tuesday, the lawmakers laid out their “The Senate should convict and remove President Trump to avoid serious and long term damage to our democratic values and the nation’s security,” the lawmakers said, for

President Trump’s impeachment trial opened with a vote to block a subpoena for White House documents related to Democratic allegations the president abused the power of his office by withholding security aid from Ukraine.

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The Senate Republican majority defeated a measure 47-53 offered by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to demand the White House turn over a trove of documents stemming from President Trump’s conversations with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Republicans stayed unified in opposition to the move by Schumer, a New York Democrat.

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In a 111-page document filed before Trump ’s Senate trial begins in earnest on Tuesday, the lawmakers laid out their They are expected to release a longer, separate response to the Democrats ’ pretrial brief on Monday. Rejecting the charges, Trump ’s lawyers reiterated the president’s insistence

Republicans instead back a resolution setting the terms of the impeachment trial that would postpone consideration of additional evidence until after House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense lawyers have presented their cases.

The vote followed arguments by Democratic impeachment managers and the defense lawyers, which provided a glimpse of the cases each side will present in the coming days.

The Senate rules allow impeachment managers and the defense lawyers three days each to present arguments.

“The Senate should act on this subpoena now, at the outset of the trial,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat, argued. “Documents that are directly relevant to evaluating the president’s scheme. If it won’t even ask for this evidence, this trial, and your judgement, will be questioned.”

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WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats won two key changes to the rules of President Donald Trump 's impeachment trial as proceedings kicked off A spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer later confirmed the changes to CNBC. "After massive pressure from Senate Democrats and

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Trump’s legal team, led by White House Counsel Pat Cippolone, argued the House impeachment investigation was partisan, lacked due process and took shortcuts to speed up the probe. The Senate should not be forced to fix the shortcomings of the House impeachment proceedings, Trump’s lawyers argued.

“Never before in the history of our country has a president been confronted with this kind of impeachment proceeding in the House,” Cippolone argued before the Senate.

The House impeachment team, led by Intellingence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, of California, said the Senate trial, like any trial, should have evidence and witnesses.

Democrats want the Senate to subpoena former National Security Advisor John Bolton and acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.

“No trial in America has every been conducted like that,” Schiff argued. “If you are going to make a decision about whether to remove this president from office, you should want to see what this documents say.”

Schiff called Bolton and Mulvaney to come testify, even though Schiff last year backed down from a court fight that may have forced them to testify in the House impeachment inquiry.

“Let’s get this trial stared,” Schiff said.

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