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

Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJoe Biden can't lead the charge from his home in Delaware Texas man arrested for allegedly threatening Democrats over coronavirus bill Pelosi not invited by Trump to White House coronavirus relief bill's signing MORE (N.Y.) on Tuesday shot down a proposal being floated by moderate Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyNSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show Overnight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general WH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns MORE (R-Pa.) to set up a witness trade that would allow both former national security adviser John BoltonJohn Bolton Trump ignores science at our peril Bolton defends decision to shutter NSC pandemic office US retaliates with missile strikes in Iraq 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 BidenCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Top Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden spar over coronavirus response MORE or his son to testify before the Senate.

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“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 RomneyGranting cash payments is a conservative principle 7 things to know about the coronavirus stimulus package Scarborough rips Trump for mocking Romney's negative coronavirus test: 'Could have been a death sentence' MORE (Utah) but it has yet to win the backing of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden spar over coronavirus response Senator Tom Coburn's government oversight legacy Schumer praises choice of Defense inspector general to oversee corporate lending fund 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 GrahamGraham: Pelosi comment on Trump is 'most shameful, disgusting statement by any politician in modern history' Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers, state governors talk coronavirus, stimulus package and resources as pandemic rages on Campaigns pivot toward health awareness as races sidelined by coronavirus 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.