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Schumer: Hunter Biden should not testify in a Senate impeachment trial

Schumer: Hunter Biden should not testify in a Senate impeachment trial
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Sen. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHumanist Report host criticizes 'conservative Democrats:' They 'hold more power' than progressives Bush-, Obama-era officials urge Senate to swiftly confirm Biden's DHS pick OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court upholds ruling invalidating Dakota Access, but doesn't shut down pipeline | Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency | Biden seeks to bolster consultation with Indian Country MORE (D-N.Y.) told CNN on Monday that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Should deficits matter any more? Biden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate MORE’s son, Hunter Biden, should not testify in a likely Senate impeachment trial, with the Senate minority leader arguing it would result in the process becoming a “circus.”

Schumer's comments came on CNN's "New Day" in an interview with co-anchor John Berman. 

“No one ― not a single person I’ve heard, even those who want Hunter Biden ― have even alleged that he has knowledge of the fact case the House is presenting,” Schumer told Berman. 

“This shouldn’t be for Democrats to bring in their favorite conspiracy theories and for Republicans to bring in theirs,” he continued. “This is an august and solemn proceeding.”
 
When pressed by Berman regarding why Hunter Biden shouldn't testify, Schumer called him "a distraction." 

“He’s a distraction,” Schumer said. ”The American people want to know of each of us as senators, do we want all the facts to come out in this proceeding ... or do we want to be engaged in a cover-up?” 
 
 

President TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE and some Republicans have expressed interest in Hunter Biden testifying as part of a likely Senate trial as the House gears up to vote on two articles of impeachment this week against President Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Democrats say Trump abused his power by pressing Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic front-runner, and Hunter Biden, who served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company. 
 
Republicans have accused Joe Biden of pushing Ukraine to fire a prosecutor that had investigated the Ukrainian company that employed Hunter Biden. The former vice president has defended his actions, saying his call for the prosecutor's ouster was tied to concerns about corruption raised by the Obama administration.

Schumer said Monday that the four witnesses Democrats want testimony from are Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyFinancial firms brace for Biden's consumer agency chief Trump campaign had paid .7M to organizers of rally ahead of Capitol riot: report Consumer bureau director resigns after Biden's inauguration MORE, acting White House chief of staff, John BoltonJohn BoltonUPDATED: McEnany, Fox News talks on pause John Bolton: Second Trump impeachment 'badly conceived, poorly executed,' likely to produce same result as first Pence, other GOP officials expected to skip Trump send-off MORE, former national security adviser, Robert Blair, senior adviser to the acting White House chief of staff, and Michael Duffey, associate director for national security at the Office of Management and Budget.