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 LankfordFormer Sen. Tom Coburn dies at 72 Burr requests ethics investigation into stock sale, denies wrongdoing Senior GOP senators object to direct payments at caucus meeting MORE (R-Okla.) criticized Democratic House impeachment managers on Sunday, saying they want to slow down the Senate trial of President TrumpDonald John TrumpWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Coronavirus hits defense contractor jobs Wake up America, your country doesn't value your life 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 Bolton Trump ignores science at our peril Bolton defends decision to shutter NSC pandemic office US retaliates with missile strikes in Iraq MORE. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCoronavirus pushes GOP's Biden-Burisma probe to back burner Struggling states warn coronavirus stimulus falls short Hillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike MORE (R-Ky.) and other GOP senators have urged senators to allow opening arguments to be completed before considering witnesses.