McConnell Rejects Schumer’s Demand to Call for Witnesses to Testify in Senate Impeachment Trial

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks with the media after the Senate Policy Luncheon in Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell rejected on Tuesday a proposal from Senate Democrats to subpoena four White House officials to testify during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

Sen. Chuck Schumer sent a letter to McConnell on Sunday urging the Republican leader to call to testify four witnesses “with direct knowledge of the admin’s decision to delay security assistance funding to Ukraine,” including White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security advisor John Bolton.

The other two officials Schumer has requested are Michael Duffey, associate director for national security at the Office of Management and Budget, and Robert Blair, a senior advisor to Mulvaney.

The White House blocked all four from testifying in the House impeachment inquiry.

“Senate Democrats believe strongly, and I trust Senate Republicans agree, that this trial must be one that is fair, that considers all of the relevant facts, and that exercises the Senate’s ‘sole Power of Impeachment’ under the Constitution with integrity and dignity,” Schumer said in the letter.

The impeachment inquiry was triggered by Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which he pressed his counterpart to announce an investigation into his political rival former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. At the time, the White House had held up $400 million in military aid and was dangling an official meeting between the two leaders.

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Source: CNBC