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Schumer says he'll ask for votes on calling Mulvaney, Bolton to testify

Schumer says he'll ask for votes on calling Mulvaney, Bolton to testify
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerTrump to lift Sudan terror sponsor designation Ocasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts The 2016 and 2020 Senate votes are about the same thing: constitutionalist judges MORE (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday he will ask for votes during the impeachment trial calling for witnesses to testify, including acting chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyTrump says he may lower corporate tax rate to 20 percent if reelected Is Social Security safe from the courts? On The Money: House panel pulls Powell into partisan battles | New York considers hiking taxes on the rich | Treasury: Trump's payroll tax deferral won't hurt Social Security MORE and former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonJohn Kelly called Trump 'the most flawed person' he's ever met: report Bolton: North Korea 'more dangerous now' Demand for Trump-related titles sparks expected record year for political books MORE.

"I am allowed to ask for votes. I will ask during the impeachment proceeding for a vote on whether Mulvaney should testify, and whether Bolton should testify," Schumer said during an interview with MSNBC.

Schumer predicted that Republicans would be "in a real dilemma" over the efforts by Democrats to get witnesses to testify. A motion to call a witness as part of the Senate trial would only take a simple majority, meaning Democrats need to win over four GOP senators to get to 51 votes.

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"Asking for witnesses, something so reasonable ... I expect we'll get a bunch of Republicans to vote with us on these requests," Schumer added.

Schumer has outlined four witnesses Democrats want to hear from as part of the impeachment trial against President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE, which is expected to start in January: Bolton, Mulvaney, Mulvaney's senior adviser Robert Blair and budget staffer Michael Duffey.

Schumer is also asking for one resolution that would be passed at the start of the trial that would determine both the procedure and any specific witnesses that would be called. During the Clinton trial, senators passed two resolutions: one, on the process, and a second calling specific witnesses. 

GOP senators have indicated that they want to delay a decision on witnesses until after the trial has started, similar to the Clinton impeachment. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate GOP eyes Oct. 26 for confirming Barrett to Supreme Court GOP noncommittal about vote on potential Trump-Pelosi coronavirus deal Overnight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas MORE (R-Ky.) went a step further on Tuesday and said he doesn't want any witnesses during the trial. 

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No GOP senator has backed Schumer's witness request so far.

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenate GOP eyes Oct. 26 for confirming Barrett to Supreme Court This week: Clock ticks on chance for coronavirus deal Climate change — Trump's golden opportunity MORE (R-Alaska) told reporters on Tuesday that she hopes McConnell and Schumer come up with a deal, but sidestepped taking a position on witnesses. 

"What has to happen is Senator McConnell and Senator Schumer need to figure out if they can come together with a proposal that we, the Senate, can move forward to support," Murkowski said. 

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP noncommittal about vote on potential Trump-Pelosi coronavirus deal 10 bellwether counties that could signal where the election is headed The Memo: Trump's second-term chances fade MORE (R-Utah), viewed as another potential GOP swing vote, said he was "indifferent" on whether or not the Senate passes one resolution governing both process and witnesses, or handles them in separate resolutions. 

"Leader McConnell apparently wants to do it in two parts," he added.