Senator Schumer Plans to Push for Witnesses in Senate
Will force motions on witnesses for impeachment trial
Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the chamber’s minority leader, said he is insisting on pushing forward motions in the Senate to hear new evidence and witness testimony in the impeachment trial of President Trump.
He said the backing for obtaining new documents at the trial is “even stronger than we thought” with large numbers of lawmakers supporting it. “And when you go against what the American people feel strongly about, on an issue they’re paying attention to, it’s not a good idea,” he said.
Schumer’s tactics have already pushed Senator Susan Collins of Maine to press for witnesses. She said, “I am hopeful that we can reach an agreement on how to proceed with the trial that will allow the opportunity for witnesses for both the House managers and the president’s counsel, if they choose. It is unfortunate that Chuck Schumer—who voted against witnesses in the Clinton trial and prejudged its outcome—and his allies are seeking to politicize this process.”
- For members of the Senate as they prepare to receive the articles of impeachment from the House later this week.
- For Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as he sets out the rules that will govern the trial.
- For Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts who will preside over the impeachment trial.
- About the extremes of division that the whole process has created across America and throughout Congress.