Politics Democrats predict speedy court victory in impeachment witness battle

20:25  24 january  2020
20:25  24 january  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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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.

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“They would be given very prompt judicial review given the urgency in the stakes of an impeachment trial.”

Democrats, in a news conference Friday, denounced arguments by the GOP that the Senate should reject witness testimony because it would be challenged by Trump, who has already pledged to use executive privilege.

“That’s the diversion of the day,” Schumer said. “They have one a day.”

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Democrats want four Trump administration officials to testify. They told reporters if the Senate votes to call witnesses and the motion is backed by Chief Justice John Roberts, who is presiding over the trial, the court would quickly overrule a challenge by Trump.

“When our Republican friends claim it would take too long and that they want a fair trial, go tell the president not to invoke executive privilege,” Schumer said. “He is the one delaying, not us.”

House Democratic impeachment managers Friday will rest their case charging Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Next week, Senate Democrats will force votes on summoning the witnesses on their list, which includes former national security adviser John Bolton.

Bolton said he’d testify at the trial, but Trump has indicated he’ll block him.

Pelosi calls senators who voted against trial witnesses 'accomplices to the President's cover-up' .
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) ripped senators who voted against approving further witness testimony in the Senate’s impeachment trial, saying the lawmakers were part of a “cover-up.”"The Senate Republicans' vote against calling witnesses and compelling documents in the impeachment proceedings makes them accomplices to the President's cover-up," she said in a statement.

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