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 TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff MORE's impeachment trial.

The 90-second video consists of remarks from Sens. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezMenendez calls for 'Marie Yovanovitch bill' to protect foreign service employees Senators condemn UN 'blacklisting' of US companies in Israeli settlements Media's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle MORE (N.J.), Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedLawmakers wary as US on cusp of initial deal with Taliban Pavlich: The Senate defends its integrity Five Senate Democrats make impeachment case in Spanish MORE (R.I.), Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineThe Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in Overnight Defense: Senate votes to rein in Trump war powers on Iran | Pentagon shifting .8B to border wall | US, Taliban negotiate seven-day 'reduction in violence' Democratic senators ask FDA to ban device used to shock disabled students MORE (Va.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dem anxiety grows ahead of Super Tuesday House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Overnight Energy: EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water | Trump budget calls for slashing funds for climate science centers | House Dems urge banks not to fund drilling in Arctic refuge MORE (N.J.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerCongress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama Intel officials warned House lawmakers Russia is interfering to get Trump reelected: NYT Trump officially makes Richard Grenell acting intelligence chief 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 Bolton'Parasite' studio fires back after Trump criticism: 'He can't read' Trump swipes at 'little wise guy' Brad Pitt, Korean film 'Parasite' during rally Bolton on impeachment: 'My testimony would have made no difference to the ultimate outcome' 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.