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

George ConwayGeorge ConwayGeorge Conway: GOP blocking Jan. 6 commission 'more appalling' than both Trump acquittals Press: Get orange jumpsuit ready: extra large Influential Republicans detail call to reform party, threaten to form new one MORE, a conservative lawyer and husband to White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne ConwayPennsylvania Republican David McCormick launches Senate campaign McCormick drawing support from Trump alumni ahead of Pennsylvania Senate bid Christie says Trump, Meadows should have warned him of positive COVID-19 test 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 TrumpSanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Laura Ingraham 'not saying' if she'd support Trump in 2024 The Hill's 12:30 Report: Djokovic may not compete in French Open over vaccine requirement 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 McConnell​​Democrats make voting rights push ahead of Senate consideration Hogan won't say if he will file to run for Senate by Feb. 22 deadline Voting rights, Trump's Big Lie, and Republicans' problem with minorities 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 BoltonEquilibrium/Sustainability — Fire calls infrastructural integrity into question Will Biden's 2021 foreign policy failures reverberate in 2022? Biden is losing contest of wills with Iran over nukes MORE and acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyTrump's relocation of the Bureau of Land Management was part of a familiar Republican playbook Jan. 6 committee issues latest round of subpoenas for rally organizers The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - To vote or not? Pelosi faces infrastructure decision 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.