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 CottonTom Bryant CottonGOP brushes back charges of hypocrisy in Supreme Court fight Trump uses bin Laden raid to attack Biden Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight MORE (R-Ark.) on Sunday dismissed the idea of calling witnesses in the Senate’s impeachment trial of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid 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 SchiffChris Matthews ripped for complimenting Trump's 'true presidential behavior' on Ginsburg Trump casts doubt on Ginsburg statement, wonders if it was written by Schiff, Pelosi or Schumer Top Democrats call for DOJ watchdog to probe Barr over possible 2020 election influence 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 SekulowNow, we need the election monitors Judge denies Trump's request for a stay on subpoena for tax records Judge throws out Trump effort to block subpoena for tax returns 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 ClintonJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Biden leads Trump by 12 points among Catholic voters: poll The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden goes on offense 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 GiulianiDemocrats fear Russia interference could spoil bid to retake Senate Grand jury adds additional counts against Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and and Igor Fruman Juan Williams: Breaking down the debates MORE associate Lev Parnas to “take out” then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchGrand jury adds additional counts against Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and and Igor Fruman Strzok: Trump behaving like an authoritarian Powell backs Biden at convention as Democrats rip Trump on security 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.