Pelosi calls senators who voted against trial witnesses 'accomplices to the President's cover-up'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP operative installed as NSA top lawyer placed on administrative leave: reports Budowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Biden taps career civil servants to acting posts at State, USAID, UN MORE (D-Calif.) ripped senators who voted against approving further witness testimony in the Senate’s impeachment trial against President TrumpDonald TrumpClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds MORE, saying the lawmakers were part of a “cover-up.” 

“The Senate Republicans’ vote against calling witnesses and compelling documents in the impeachment proceedings makes them accomplices to the President’s cover-up,” she said in a statement.

The Senate voted by a 51-49 margin to bar witnesses from appearing before the chamber in its impeachment investigation. Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGOP senators praise Biden's inauguration speech LIVE INAUGURATION COVERAGE: Biden signs executive orders; press secretary holds first briefing The Memo: Biden prepares for sea of challenges MORE (Maine) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Biden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear Romney: Founders didn't intend pardons to be used for 'cronies' MORE (Utah) were the only Republicans to join all 47 Democrats in voting to approve the witness measure.


The House impeached Trump on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in December over his dealings with Ukraine. Democrats said Trump inappropriately pressured Kyiv to investigate his political rivals, including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenKaty Perry and her 'Firework' close out inauguration TV special Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Tom Hanks: After years of 'troubling rancor,' Inauguration Day 'is about witnessing the permanence of our American ideal' MORE, and obstructed Congress by seeking to hamper subsequent probes into his conduct.

The House heard from several government officials, but were blocked by the White House from hearing from those close to Trump.

Republicans said the House should not have voted on the articles after what they said was an incomplete investigation.

“The House chose to send articles of impeachment that are rushed and flawed. I carefully considered the need for additional witnesses and documents, to cure the shortcomings of its process, but ultimately decided that I will vote against considering motions to subpoena,” said Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMcConnell faces conservative backlash over Trump criticism GOP senators praise Biden's inauguration speech Biden urges Americans to join together in appeal for unity MORE (R-Alaska), who had been considered a swing vote on the witness measure. 

However, Democrats argued that new evidence surfaced since the House’s December vote mandated further witness testimony. Among the most sought-after witnesses was former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonPence, other GOP officials expected to skip Trump send-off NSA places former GOP political operative in top lawyer position after Pentagon chief's reported order After insurrection: The national security implications MORE, who alleged in his upcoming memoir that Trump directly tied the withholding of $391 million in military aide to Ukraine to Kyiv’s willingness to conduct his requested investigations.

“It is a sad day for America to see Senator McConnell require the Chief Justice of the United States to preside over a vote which rejected our nation’s judicial norms, precedents and institutions to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law,” said Pelosi.