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 CottonSunday shows preview: 2020 Democrats jockey for top spot ahead of Nevada caucuses Senate votes to rein in Trump's power to attack Iran Coronavirus poses risks for Trump in 2020 MORE (R-Ark.) on Sunday dismissed the idea of calling witnesses in the Senate’s impeachment trial of President TrumpDonald John TrumpChasten Buttigieg: 'I've been dealing with the likes of Rush Limbaugh my entire life' Lawmakers paint different pictures of Trump's 'opportunity zone' program We must not turn our heads from the effects of traumatic brain injuries 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 SchiffGraham: Trump has 'all the legal authority in the world' to pardon Stone Roger Stone sentenced to over three years in prison Top intelligence community lawyer leaving position 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 SekulowWhat the impeachment vote looked like from inside the chamber Senate votes to acquit Trump on articles of impeachment Roberts emerges unscathed from bitter impeachment trial 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 Clinton'Where's your spoon?' What we didn't learn in the latest debate The Hill's 12:30 Report: Roger Stone gets over three years in prison; Brutal night for Bloomberg Poll: Democrats trail Trump in Wisconsin, lead in Michigan and Pennsylvania 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 GiulianiKerry responds to Trump accusation he violated Logan Act: 'Another presidential lie' Giuliani worked for Dominican Republic candidate amid Ukraine efforts: report Democratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe MORE associate Lev Parnas to “take out” then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchThe Hill's review of John Solomon's columns on Ukraine Democrats worried about Trump's growing strength Congress looks to strengthen hand in State Department following impeachment 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.