WASHINGTON: US Senate convened on Thursday a second and final question and answer session on the impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump.
The Senators, hearing the responses from Trump’s defense team and managers of the House of Representatives, weighed the likelihoo of subpoenaing witnesses.
Chair of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff pleaded to lawmakers to “give the country a trial they can be proud of.” “Let’s show at least the process worked and we followed the Founders’ intent that at least a trial have witnesses,” he said.
“It would be hard for me to contemplate circumstances where that would be appropriate,” Schiff added.
Meanwhile, Patrick F. Philbin, the President’s deputy counsel, said, “What is the precedent set if this chamber has to become the investigatory body for impeachments that were not prepared properly in the House?” “It’s not a question of a lot of people talking right now about John Bolton The president would have the opportunity to call his witness, just as a matter of fundamental fairness,” he stressed.
“I think they disgraced themselves terribly in terms of their violation of what our Constitution is about and what a president’s behavior should be.
“He will not be acquitted. You cannot be acquitted if you don’t have a trial; and you don’t have a trial if you don’t have witnesses and documentation,” Philbin added.
Source: Kuwait News Agency