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McConnell Rejects Schumer Demand for Mulvaney and Bolton as Witnesses

Well, it was a stunt anyway.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected calls by Democrats to summon new witnesses in the upcoming impeachment trial. 

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, requested McConnell subpoena top Trump administration officials who had refused to testify before weekslong House impeachment proceedings. The list of requests includes former national security adviser John Bolton and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. 

But McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said the Senate trial should weigh the evidence produced by the House and should not summon new witnesses. The witnesses are challenging House subpoenas in federal court, and those cases could take months to resolve. House Democrats decided to move ahead with impeachment rather than wait for the court to decide whether the witnesses should be compelled to testify. 

“It is not the Senate’s job to leap into the breach and search desperately for ways to get to guilty,” McConnell said. “That would hardly be impartial justice. The fact that my colleague is already desperate to sign up the Senate for new fact-finding, which House Democrats themselves were too impatient to see through, well, that suggests that even Democrats who do not like this president are beginning to realize how dramatically insufficient the House’s rushed process has been.”

There is still argument between McConnell, who wants a quick trial and no witnesses, and President Trump, who wants to call witnesses to prove out his case.

I’d side with McConnell. Quit while you’re ahead. On the other hand, nobody’s political instincts over the past three years have been better than Trump’s.

8 thoughts on “McConnell Rejects Schumer Demand for Mulvaney and Bolton as Witnesses”

  1. Trump is about action. Politicians calculate and do reaction.

    Trump might not benefit from the witnesses but the other side is scared to death because they have no idea what he has coming but they know that it could be anything… measured response is not Trump — do something to him and he’ll unload on you.

    Ask NATO or a myriad of other players that have been played.

    This is a ballet and most of us and history will never really see what a masterpiece we watched…

    1. All true. We need a modern-day Shakespeare to write the play when it’s all over. Heroes and villains, backroom intrigue and deep mystery, revenge and triumph–it’s all there being played out every day.

  2. There should be only one witness: Jerry Nadler

    The cross examination should go exactly like this:

    Q. Mr. Nadler, what is the purpose of the Judiciary Committee?

    A. We are charged with overseeing the administration of Justice.

    Q. How many fact witnesses did you swear in for your impeachment hearings before writing up articles of impeachment?

    A. None.

    Case dismissed.

  3. I seem to have lost a few IQs over the weekend because I can’t follow the arguments being tossed about in the Congressional meeting.
    I heard that the Dems are claiming “obstruction of JUSTICE” now, and that all Repub witnesses weren’t relevant to the investigation. One congressman even questioned if there were other transcripts of the exchange between our President and the Ukraine president…hiding somewhere in a “server”.
    There’s no mistaking the truth that exposing the corruption of Biden/Obama would “interfere” with the upcoming election, but how is that bad?
    I need a nap.

  4. I am in favor of getting this thing over with. The way I understand it The Senate can pass a resolution to dismiss the charges. It only takes 51 votes. That would end it.

    Having witnesses could go in any direction. The Dems will find a molehill and make a mountain out of it.

    1. You have it exactly right my man.. this will never end. Read about Conservative ladies being assaulted at the Willard Hotel in DC this weekend for a conference. Women like me are more fired up than ever Bring it!

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