Five Senate Democrats make impeachment case in Spanish

Five Senate Democrats make impeachment case in Spanish
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Senate Democrats on Friday released a Spanish-language video with five senators making their case for calling new witnesses to testify in 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's impeachment trial.

The 90-second video consists of remarks from Sens. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezKasie Hunt to host lead-in show for MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' Senators ask for removal of tariffs on EU food, wine, spirits: report VOA visa decision could hobble Venezuela coverage MORE (N.J.), Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedWhen 'Buy American' and common sense collide Hillicon Valley: Russia 'amplifying' concerns around mail-in voting to undermine election | Facebook and Twitter take steps to limit Trump remarks on voting | Facebook to block political ads ahead of election Top Democrats press Trump to sanction Russian individuals over 2020 election interference efforts MORE (R.I.), Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineTrump meets with potential Supreme Court pick Amy Coney Barrett at White House Names to watch as Trump picks Ginsburg replacement on Supreme Court Barrett seen as a front-runner for Trump Supreme Court pick MORE (Va.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death DHS opens probe into allegations at Georgia ICE facility Democratic lawmakers call for an investigation into allegations of medical neglect at Georgia ICE facility MORE (N.J.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerIntelligence chief says Congress will get some in-person election security briefings Overnight Defense: Trump hosts Israel, UAE, Bahrain for historic signing l Air Force reveals it secretly built and flew new fighter jet l Coronavirus creates delay in Pentagon research for alternative to 'forever chemicals' House approves bill to secure internet-connected federal devices against cyber threats MORE (Va.).

Menendez -- a native Spanish speaker born to Cuban immigrants in New York -- begins by describing impeachment as an "enormous responsibility and a solemn moment for our country."


The video makes an appeal to U.S. Spanish speakers, many of whom -- like Menendez's parents -- have connections to countries with weak democratic institutions.

"A fair trial where both sides present their case and the jury can evaluate the evidence in an impartial manner is fundamental to our judicial system," says Kaine, who learned Spanish as a volunteer at Jesuit missions in Honduras.

"That's what distinguishes the United States from the dictatorships and the authoritarian governments of the world," Menendez adds.

"In a fair trial, senators review all evidence, witnesses and documents," Warner says.

Democrats have been pushing for the Senate to call new witnesses, like former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonDiplomacy with China is good for America The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Pence lauds Harris as 'experienced debater'; Trump, Biden diverge over debate prep DOJ launches probe into Bolton book for possible classified information disclosures MORE, and introduce documents withheld by the White House.

The senators end their video with Booker saying, "in the United States, nobody is above the law. Nobody."

"Nadie," -- nobody -- repeat Kaine, Reed, Warner and Menendez.