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Nadler: GOP senators who want to negotiate witnesses are 'part of the cover-up'

Nadler: GOP senators who want to negotiate witnesses are 'part of the cover-up'
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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerMcGahn to sit for closed-door interview with House Democrats, ending long legal battle House to consider anti-Asian hate crimes bill, protections for pregnant workers this month A historic moment to truly honor mothers MORE (D-N.Y.), one of the House impeachment managers in President TrumpDonald TrumpWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal MORE's Senate trial, said Sunday that Republicans looking to block or negotiate on witnesses are "part of the cover-up." 

Nadler's comments came in response to a question on whether Democrats would consider calling former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Beau's assessment of first 100 days would be 'Be who you are' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' Conservative group sues over prioritization of women, minorities for restaurant aid MORE's son Hunter Biden to testify in exchange for calling witnesses put forward by Democrats. 

Nadler dismissed the idea of negotiating on witnesses as part of the trial. 

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"In any trial, all relevant witnesses must be heard," Nadler said on CBS's "Face the Nation." 

"This whole controversy about whether there should be witnesses is really a question of does the Senate want to have a fair trial, or are they part of the cover-up of the president?" he added.

The Senate will vote next week on whether to call witnesses or wait to decide on witnesses later in the process. 

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"Any Republican senator who says there should be no witnesses or even that witnesses should be negotiated is part of the cover-up," Nadler said. 

He added that Hunter Biden is not a necessary witness because he "has no knowledge" of the accusations against Trump. 

"Their asking for Hunter Biden is just more of a smear of Hunter Biden that the president was trying to get the Ukraine to do," Nadler added. 

Trump's pressure campaign in Ukraine to push for the nation to announce an investigation into the Bidens is at the heart of Democrats' impeachment allegations. 

Nadler added that if Republicans want Hunter Biden to testify, Chief Justice John Roberts should make the determination. 

"But no chief justice would think of admitting evidence that is not relevant. No trial judge would in any trial," Nadler said.