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 JeffriesFormer Bad Boy rapper turned politician meets with US lawmakers Watch live: House Democratic leaders hold press conference Congressional staff pay is still too low 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 TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE and calling for further witnesses in the upper chamber.

Jeffries told host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBiden vaccine mandate puts McConnell, GOP leaders in a tough spot The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Biden's .5 trillion plan will likely have to shrink Breyer says term limits would 'make life easier for me' 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 PompeoMike PompeoChristie, Pompeo named co-chairs of GOP redistricting group America needs a new strategy for Pacific Island Countries Harris to hold fundraiser for McAuliffe ahead of Virginia governor's race MORE, former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right Ex-Trump adviser Bolton defends Milley: 'His patriotism is unquestioned' MORE and acting White House chief of staff Mike Mulvaney, so too should former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race On The Money: Democrats get to the hard part Health Care — GOP attorneys general warn of legal battle over Biden's vaccine mandate 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.”