Five Senate Democrats make impeachment case in Spanish

Five Senate Democrats make impeachment case in Spanish
© Greg Nash

Senate Democrats on Friday released a Spanish-language video with five senators making their case for calling new witnesses to testify in President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE's impeachment trial.

The 90-second video consists of remarks from Sens. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezBiden, don't punish India Democrats reject hardball tactics against Senate parliamentarian  Biden threatens more sanctions on Ethiopia, Eritrea over Tigray conflict MORE (N.J.), Jack ReedJack ReedTop Republican: General told senators he opposed Afghanistan withdrawal We have a plan that prioritizes Afghanistan's women — we're just not using it This week: Democrats kick off chaotic fall with Biden's agenda at stake MORE (R.I.), Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KainePanic begins to creep into Democratic talks on Biden agenda Congress facing shutdown, debt crisis with no plan B Democrats confront 'Rubik's cube on steroids' MORE (Va.), Cory BookerCory BookerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Biden jumps into frenzied Dem spending talks Biden employs flurry of meetings to unite warring factions Biden says he will review executive actions after police reform talks fail MORE (N.J.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerPanic begins to creep into Democratic talks on Biden agenda Democrats surprised, caught off guard by 'framework' deal Schumer announces Senate-House deal on tax 'framework' for .5T package 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 BoltonOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right Ex-Trump adviser Bolton defends Milley: 'His patriotism is unquestioned' 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.