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'
© Greg Nash

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHouse Democrats unveil measure to condemn police brutality House Democrats call on DOJ to investigate recent killings of unarmed black people  Gun control group rolls out House endorsements MORE (D-N.Y.), one of the House impeachment managers in President TrumpDonald John TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest 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 BidenStopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest Trump slams Biden staff for donating bail money to protesters At least 4,400 people arrested in connection with protests: report 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.