Schumer shoots down GOP proposal to swap Bolton-for-Biden testimony trade

Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHow to fast-track climate action? EPA cutting super pollutant HFCs On The Money: How demand is outstripping supply and hampering recovery | Montana pulls back jobless benefits | Yellen says higher rates may be necessary Senate Democrats announce B clean bus plan MORE (N.Y.) on Tuesday shot down a proposal being floated by moderate Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeySasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote Philly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying' Toomey censured by several Pennsylvania county GOP committees over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.) to set up a witness trade that would allow both former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonRepublicans request documents on Kerry's security clearance process Trump pushes back on Bolton poll Hillicon Valley: Facebook Oversight board to rule on Trump ban in 'coming weeks' | Russia blocks Biden Cabinet officials in retaliation for sanctions MORE and Hunter Biden to testify at the impeachment trial.

“There’s always a diversion. Hunter Biden has nothing to do with the facts of this trial,” Schumer said.

Schumer made clear he has no interest in a one-for-one swap of witness testimony, calling proposals to bring former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Argentina launches 'Green Mondays' campaign to cut greenhouse gases On The Money: Federal judge vacates CDC's eviction moratorium | Biden says he's open to compromise on corporate tax rate | Treasury unsure of how long it can stave off default without debt limit hike MORE or his son to testify before the Senate.


“Requests to call Hunter Biden are an intentional misdirection, a distraction. They’re attempts to use the Senate floor to accomplish what the president of Ukraine couldn’t do,” he said.

“The fact that the president and some Republicans are proposing Hunter Biden as one of their witnesses just goes to show they have no one to defend the president on the merits, plain and simple,” he added.

Toomey has floated his proposal of a one-for-one witness swap with fellow Republicans such as Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Memo: The GOP's war is already over — Trump won Budowsky: Liz Cheney vs. conservatives in name only The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - House GOP drama intensifies; BIden sets new vax goal MORE (Utah) but it has yet to win the backing of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Memo: The GOP's war is already over — Trump won Biden: GOP in the midst of a 'mini-revolution' Ernst defends Cheney, calls for GOP unity MORE (R-Ky.), who would prefer not to bring witnesses to the trial.

The idea of calling Hunter Biden to the floor suffered a blow earlier this week when Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  The Memo: The GOP's war is already over — Trump won Michael Flynn flubs words to Pledge of Allegiance at pro-Trump rally MORE (R-S.C.) said the impeachment trial is not the appropriate venue to investigate Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine. He said he would vote against a subpoena for his testimony.

Trump’s defense team on Monday raised Hunter Biden’s highly-paid position as a board member with Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company.