George Conway says Senate GOP knows Trump is 'guilty': 'What are they afraid of?'

George ConwayGeorge Thomas ConwayGeorge Conway: We might have to impeach Trump again George Conway writes the Trump 'creed' in satirical op-ed George Conway: 'Verdict of history' will be on Romney's side MORE, a conservative lawyer and husband to White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayBrazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record Conway: Reported sexist Bloomberg remarks 'far worse' than what Trump said on 'Access Hollywood' tape Candidates make electability arguments, talk Bloomberg as focus turns to more diverse states MORE, on Wednesday denounced Senate Republicans for blocking new witnesses and documents from the opening stage of the impeachment trial, claiming that the GOP didn't want to see additional evidence because they know President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record MORE is "guilty."

“What are they afraid of?" George Conway, an outspoken Trump critic, said while making an appearance on CNN. "They're going to hear evidence they won’t like? That's the thing that I find most disturbing about it, is they don't want to hear the evidence because they know the truth. They know he's guilty. And they don’t want to hear the evidence because they don’t want the American public to see it too."

Conway's comments followed a day in which Senate Republicans tabled several Democratic amendments that would have compelled the White House to turn over documents related to delayed Ukrainian military aid. The Senate passed an organizing resolution that stipulates that new witnesses and documents will be considered after opening arguments and a 16-hour question and answer period for senators. 

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump declares war on hardworking Americans with new budget request The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in Overnight Health Care: Nevada union won't endorse before caucuses after 'Medicare for All' scrap | McConnell tees up votes on two abortion bills | CDC confirms 15th US coronavirus case MORE (R-Ky.) contended that all the documents and witness requests that Democrats put forward "could be dealt with at the appropriate time." But Democrats have raised fears that the upper chamber could take part in a "cover-up" by denying evidence. 

They have specifically called for former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonTrump unleashed: President moves with a free hand post-impeachment Barr back on the hot seat The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in MORE and acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump declares war on hardworking Americans with new budget request Scaramucci thanks John Kelly for speaking up against Trump Trump lashes out over Kelly criticism: 'He misses the action' MORE to testify in the trial. 

Conway said the trial would serve as a moment of "reckoning" for the Republican Party. 

"This is a moment of reckoning, not just for the country and for the rule of law and the Constitution, it’s a very specific day of reckoning for the Republican senators and the Republican Party in general," he said. “Are they going to stand for lies instead of truth? Are they going to stand for gaslighting instead of reality? Are they going to do the bidding of this one man? That’s what this is about."

The House in December voted to impeach Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress following an inquiry into his alleged dealings with Ukraine. Trump is accused of using nearly $400 million in military aid and a White House meeting as leverage in his push for Ukraine to announce investigations of his political rivals. 

Conway, who is now serving as an adviser to The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump super PAC, wrote in December that Trump's "boundlessly self-centered bent” made it “inevitable” that he would be impeached.