GOP senator says Democrats want to slow down impeachment trial

GOP senator says Democrats want to slow down impeachment trial
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Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordAbbott slams Ben & Jerry's for Palestine support: 'Disgraceful' Democrat stalls Biden's border nominee Republican calls on Oklahoma to ban Ben & Jerry's MORE (R-Okla.) criticized Democratic House impeachment managers on Sunday, saying they want to slow down the Senate trial of President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE just as Republicans hope to wrap it up.

ABC’s George Stephanopolous asked Lankford on “This Week” why he wouldn’t want to call witnesses in the Senate proceedings. The senator responded “it’s the same reason” the House “didn’t want to hear from witnesses, apparently.” 

“They wanted to move as fast as possible, and now they want to slow down the trial as much as possible in the Senate,” Lankford said. 

“That’s just a very odd political strategy for them more than a fact-finding strategy,” he added.

The Oklahoma senator also criticized the House Democrats for expecting the upper chamber to act as a “special counsel” and seek out evidence in the case.

“That’s not really the task of the Senate,” he said. “The task of the Senate is to hear the trial. The House is actually the one gathering evidence for impeachment, so we’re acting on what they’re sending us.”

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The impeachment trial started last week and will resume on Monday. 

House impeachment managers and Senate Democrats have been pushing to add more witnesses who didn’t testify in front of the lower chamber, like former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Will Pence primary Trump — and win? Bolton: Trump lacked enough 'advance thinking' for a coup MORE. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAn August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done After police rip Trump for Jan. 6, McCarthy again blames Pelosi The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands MORE (R-Ky.) and other GOP senators have urged senators to allow opening arguments to be completed before considering witnesses.