Graham urges Senate rules change to speed impeachment trial

Wednesday, 08 Jan, 2020

"If the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify", Bolton said in a statement. By all available accounts, he disapproved of the President's actions. As a senior adviser, he was present for key moments that were investigated in the House's impeachment inquiry, including meetings with Ukrainian officials.

If a small number of Republicans were to join Democrats in voting to request witnesses or other measures that McConnell opposes, an impeachment trial could reveal new facts that might embarrass the administration even if it doesn't face oblivion. In that case, witnesses gave closed-door depositions and some excerpts of those interviews were played on the Senate floor.

"The Senate has a unanimous cross-party precedent when it comes to answering questions like witnesses during the trial", McConnell said when he opened the Senate on Monday.

Legal experts quickly derided Rubio's stated reasoning, which seems to ignore that the second article of impeachment - obstruction of Congress - was based in part on the administration's efforts to block testimony from officials like Bolton.

"The testimony & evidence considered in a Senate impeachment trial should be the same testimony & evidence the House relied upon when they passed the Articles of Impeachment", Sen.

"What she's doing is bad for the country", Graham said of Pelosi. However, in a tweet, she said that Trump and McConnell "have no excuses" to not call witnesses or produce documents that Trump has blocked.

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, said there was no reason for Republicans to refuse Bolton's testimony.

It's unlikely Congress will successfully check Trump's war authorities. Lisa Murkowski to vote for a fair impeachment trial in the Senate.

There's little doubt that former White House National Security Adviser John Bolton has important information about Donald Trump's Ukraine scandal - information that could be directly relevant to the president's impeachment proceedings.

Other witnesses during the House impeachment investigation testified that Bolton, who was sacked by Trump in September, strongly objected to an effort by Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to pressure Kiev outside of regular diplomatic channels, with one saying he referred to the arrangement as a "drug deal". Read Bolton's full statement here.

A two-thirds majority in the 100-member Senate would be required to convict Trump to remove him from office, meaning at least 20 Republicans would have to turn against the president if all 47 Democrats also vote to convict him.

A group of 10 Republican senators signed on as original co-sponsors of Hawley's proposed rules change.

At least one Senate Republican was ready to hear about Bolton. Mitt Romney, R-Utah., told reporters.

"The process moved to a period during which the Senate debated and voted that three witnesses should be deposed".

Whatever he decides, the maths are simple enough - if Mr Bolton is to testify, at least four Republicans will need to vote in support of calling him.

Despite voting past year to accuse Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not hand over the accusation articles to Senate President Mitch McConnell.

"I know you guys want to have a trial by Twitter but until she has the articles sent over, there is no trial", Gardner said before the elevator doors closed.

He also called to push Ukraine to do these investigations a - quote - "drug deal" and called Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal attorney, a hand grenade that would get everyone blown up.

Almost $ 35 million of WinRed's catch was collected in December alone, when impeachment-related donation fundraising sites with the terms "impeach" or "impeachment" raised 300% more for campaigns, the group said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Trump, who has denied any wrongdoing, on Monday slammed his impeachment case as a "hoax" and "witch hunt". 'WinRed's' funds will be used to support President Trump reelection bid as well as other GOP 2020 campaigns.