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 JeffriesGun control group rolls out House endorsements Pelosi: George Floyd death is 'a crime' Tara Reade's attorney asks Biden to authorize search of his Senate papers 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 TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE and calling for further witnesses in the upper chamber.

Jeffries told host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceArkansas governor: 'We take the virus very seriously' but 'you can't cloister yourself at home' Birx: 'I'm very concerned when people go out and don't maintain social distancing' Chris Wallace debunks Trump: No record of massive or serious fraud from mail-in voting 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 PompeoSchumer slams Trump's Rose Garden briefing on China as 'pathetic' Britain mulls pathway to citizenship for more than 3M inhabitants of Hong Kong Overnight Defense: Democrats expand probe into State IG's firing | House schedules late June votes with defense bill on deck | New Navy secretary sworn in MORE, former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonHave the courage to recognize Taiwan McConnell says Obama administration 'did leave behind' pandemic plan Trump company lawyer warned Michael Cohen not to write 'tell-all' book: report MORE and acting White House chief of staff Mike Mulvaney, so too should former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition Biden: 'More than one African American woman' being considered for VP Liberal group asks Klobuchar to remove herself from VP consideration because of prosecutorial record 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.”