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Democratic impeachment manager: Trump trial could have lasted years if witnesses were called

One of the Democratic House lawmakers who served as an impeachment manager for former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to move ahead with billion UAE weapons sale approved by Trump Fox News hires high-profile defense team in Dominion defamation lawsuit Associate indicted in Gaetz scandal cooperating with DOJ: report MORE's second Senate trial said on Sunday that the proceedings could have lasted for years if witnesses were called and fought subpoenas. 

Speaking on CBS's "Face the Nation," Rep. Joe NeguseJoseph (Joe) NeguseCongressional Black Caucus members post selfie celebrating first WH visit in four years Gun control advocates applaud Biden funding plan but say more must be done Democrats urge Biden to take executive action on assault-style firearms MORE (D-Colo.) pointed to ongoing legal battles over potential testimony from former White House counsel Don McGahn, which House Democrats have been seeking for more than a year, as evidence that the impeachment trial could have been unreasonably delayed by efforts to force witnesses to testify.  

"It was very clear...that witnesses that were not friendly to the prosecution were not going to comply voluntarily, which meant that we were going to be litigating subpoenas for months and potentially years," Neguse said.

"We're still litigating the subpoena for Don McGahn that the Judiciary Committee issued two years ago," he added.

Neguse added in the interview that he had been "hopeful" that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell seeks to end feud with Trump Senate GOP signal they won't filibuster debate of hate crimes bill Colin Powell on Afghanistan: 'We've done all we can do' MORE (R-Ky.) and other Republicans who ultimately voted to acquit the former president would instead join with Democrats to convict him.

"I was hopeful that every senator would ultimately vote to do the right thing," he said. "And I'm grateful that seven of them on the Republican side did that."

Democrats have largely argued in the hours since Trump's second acquittal that obtaining more GOP support for impeachment was impossible, even had Democrats opted to collect depositions from witnesses.

"He agreed with us, they all agreed with us," Del. Stacey PlaskettStacey PlaskettPlaskett slams GOP rep for saying Black Lives Matter 'doesn't like the old-fashioned family' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Ahead: One-shot vax, easing restrictions, fiscal help Plaskett makes history for Virgin Islands after role in impeachment MORE (D-V.I.), Neguse's fellow impeachment manager, said Sunday, referring to McConnell.

"What we needed we more senators with spines, not more witnesses," she added.