Schumer indicates Democrats will force votes on impeachment trial witnesses

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerWells Fargo told employees to delete TikTok from work phones Democrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' A renewed emphasis on research and development funding is needed from the government MORE (D-N.Y.) indicated on Tuesday that Democrats will force votes during the Senate impeachment trial on calling witnesses such as acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyTrump's former chief of staff hits coronavirus efforts: 'We still have a testing problem' Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Chris Christie Trump admin lifts ban on sales of silencers to private foreign buyers MORE and former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonJudge lifts restraining order on Mary Trump on eve of book's release The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Argentum - All eyes on Florida as daily COVID-19 cases hit 15K Juan Williams: Trump's silence on Russian bounties betrays America MORE.

Schumer said that he will discuss his initial proposal for a Senate trial with Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell in talks with Mnuchin on next phase of coronavirus relief Pelosi: 'We shouldn't even be thinking' about reopening schools without federal aid The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Argentum - All eyes on Florida as daily COVID-19 cases hit 15K MORE (R-Ky.) but stressed that “every senator will have a choice.”

“We will have votes on whether these people should testify, and whether these documents should be made public as part of the trial, and the American people will be watching. They will be watching. Who is for an open and fair trial?” Schumer asked.

ADVERTISEMENT
Schumer added that senators will have to decide if they “want a fair, honest trial that examines all the facts" or "a trial that doesn't let all the facts come out.”

Schumer sent his initial offer on Senate impeachment trial procedure to McConnell over the weekend. As part of his offer Schumer wants to call four witnesses, including Mulvaney and Bolton.

McConnell appeared to reject that offer on Tuesday, calling it "dead wrong," and warned that it "could set a nightmarish precedent for our institution."

McConnell and Schumer are expected to meet to discuss Senate trial procedure “very soon,” according to the GOP leader.

During the Clinton trial, the Senate passed a resolution 100-0 laying out basic procedure, but a subsequent resolution on specific witnesses broke down along party lines.

The resolution would be amendable on the Senate floor, where any senator would be able to force a vote and would only need a simple majority to be successful.

“Each individual senator will have both the power and the responsibility to help shape what an impeachment trial looks like,” Schumer added.