Cotton: Democrats are 'upset that their witnesses haven't said what they want them to say'

Cotton: Democrats are 'upset that their witnesses haven't said what they want them to say'
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Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonDemocrats call on FTC to investigate allegations of TikTok child privacy violations GOP senators urge Trump not to restrict guest worker visas Chinese official accuses US of 'pushing our two countries to the brink of a new Cold War' MORE (R-Ark.) on Sunday dismissed the idea of calling witnesses in the Senate’s impeachment trial of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest MORE, although he said he did not know whether any of his Republican colleagues would vote to hear additional testimony.

“I’m not going to vote to approve witnesses because the House Democrats have had lots of witnesses … we listened to [House Intelligence Committee Chair] Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffFlynn urged Russian diplomat to have 'reciprocal' response to Obama sanctions, new transcripts show The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation Hillicon Valley: Trump signs order targeting social media legal protections | House requests conference with Senate after FISA vote canceled | Minneapolis systems temporarily brought down by hackers MORE drone on for three days and the president's lawyers, in just two hours demolished the case they had made,” Cotton said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

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“They’re not upset that they haven’t had witnesses, they’re upset that their witnesses haven’t said what they want them to say,” he added.

Cotton sparred with CBS’ Margaret Brennan on Trump’s attorney Jay SekulowJay Alan SekulowAppeals court rejects Trump effort to throw out emoluments case Supreme Court divided over fight for Trump's financial records   Meadows joins White House in crisis mode MORE’s invocation of the conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

“That’s not a conspiracy theory,” Cotton responded, citing individual Ukrainian officials who had expressed support for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJuan Williams: Bush could strike blow for Biden Zuckerberg expressed concern to Trump over rhetoric amid protests: Axios Montana barrels toward blockbuster Senate fight MORE and criticism of then-candidate Trump.

Cotton conceded that Ukraine had not engaged in “systematic, top-down” interference sanctioned at the highest levels like Russia, prompting Brennan to respond “you’re being precise in your words and that’s not what the president’s lawyers said.”

Brennan also pressed Cotton on a recording of Trump instructing Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiSunday shows preview: States begin to reopen even as some areas in US see case counts increase Moussaoui says he now renounces terrorism, bin Laden Democrats launch probe into Trump's firing of State Department watchdog, Pompeo MORE associate Lev Parnas to “take out” then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchJim Jordan requests documents from Pompeo regarding Hunter Biden, Burisma  Trump taps new ambassador to Ukraine America's diplomats deserve our respect MORE. Cotton noted that Yovanovitch had been recalled over a year after the recording, indicating that Trump “was not hasty, he was not precipitous” but did not answer Brennan’s questions about Trump’s claims not to have known Parnas before the recording was revealed.