Jeffries: Calling new witnesses for Senate trial part of following the 'Clinton model'

Jeffries: Calling new witnesses for Senate trial part of following the 'Clinton model'
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Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesLawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts On The Money: Fed chief warns Congress on deficits | Trump blames Powell after Dow dips slightly | Trump withdraws nomination of former US attorney for Treasury post Jeffries: Trump budget is a 'declaration of war on the American dream' MORE (D-N.Y.), one of the impeachment managers selected for the Senate trial, said Sunday there is no contradiction between saying the House’s witnesses had made the case for impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpAdvisor: Sanders could beat Trump in Texas Bloomberg rips Sanders over Castro comments What coronavirus teaches us for preventing the next big bio threat MORE and calling for further witnesses in the upper chamber.

Jeffries told host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallacePresident Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks Steyer: 'I do for sure' have to finish in top three in South Carolina Pence chief of staff: 'There's not intelligence' saying Russia wants Trump reelected MORE on "Fox News Sunday" that “there is a strong case that was developed in the House.” He also cited the show’s previous guest, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), who served as an impeachment manager in President Clinton’s 1998 impeachment, noting that there were additional witnesses in the Clinton proceedings in the Senate who did not testify in the House.

“There were three additional witnesses, including Monica Lewinsky, who were at the center of the Clinton impeachment in 1998 who did not testify before the House proceedings but were called to be present as it relates to what took place in the Senate,” Jeffries said.

“If [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell [R-Ky.] is saying we’re going to follow the Clinton model, then let’s just follow the Clinton model,” he added.

Jeffries also addressed Graham’s call for reciprocity in witnesses. The Senate Judiciary chairman said earlier that if Democrats’ desired witnesses were called in the Senate trial, including Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPresident Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks The problem with Trump's Middle East peace plan India rolls out the red carpet for Trump MORE, former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonTrump directly sought to block publication of Bolton's book: WaPo 'Parasite' studio fires back after Trump criticism: 'He can't read' Trump swipes at 'little wise guy' Brad Pitt, Korean film 'Parasite' during rally MORE and acting White House chief of staff Mike Mulvaney, so too should former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden faces do-or-die primary in South Carolina Democrats view Sanders as having best shot to defeat Trump: poll Karl Rove: 'Long way to go' for Sanders to capture nomination: 'The field is splintered' MORE and his son, Hunter.

“Ultimately this is a decision that the 100 senators will make, perhaps with some involvement from Chief Justice John Roberts,” Jeffries responded. “The standard that should apply is relevance as it relates to the central allegation in this case.”