US Senate minority leader proposes Mulvaney, Bolton testify in trial

WASHINGTON, US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer proposed that at least four witnesses would be subpoenaed to testify at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, including acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton.

In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Schumer wrote “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.

“The trial must be one that not only hears all of the evidence and adjudicates the case fairly; it must also pass the fairness test with the American people,” he added.

He noted “we believe all of this should be considered in one resolution. The issue of witnesses and documents, which are the most important issues facing us, should be decided before we move forward with any part of the trial.” “I also propose that the Senate issue subpoenas for a limited set of documents that we believe will shed additional light on the Administration’s decision-making regarding the delay in security assistance funding to Ukraine and its requests for certain investigations to be announced by the government of Ukraine,” Schumer wrote.

He also proposed that “pre-trial housekeeping measures be adopted on Monday, January 6, 2020; that the swearing-in of the Chief Justice and Senators occur on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, that after a period for preparation and submission of trial briefs, the House Managers be recognized on Thursday, January 9, 2020 to make their presentation for a period of not more than 24 hours, followed by the presentation by the President’s counsel, also for a period of not more than 24 hours.” The House Judiciary Committee passed last week both articles of impeachment against Trump on his “abuse of power” and “obstruction of justice.” The House is expected to vote this week on these two allegations, before referring them to the Senate, which has the right to dismiss the president in the event of a two-third vote against him.

Source: Kuwait News Agency