With the Democrat-led House of Representatives being poised to impeach President Donald Trump later this week, the Senate is gearing up for hearings of their own.
On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made a public request that four new impeachment witnesses attend the potential Senate trial.
“The four witnesses we propose have direct knowledge of why the aid to Ukraine was delayed,” Schumer said, according to ABC News. “They might present exculpatory evidence that helps President Trump. It may be incriminating against the president. But they should be heard.”
However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell quickly shut Schumer down, saying it’s the House’s job to bring in all witnesses.
On the Senate floor, McConnell added that Schumer “might just be coordinating questions with people outside of the Senate” and that “those who have been eagerly hoping for impeachment are starting to scramble.”
Senate Mitch McConnell dismisses Sen. Chuck Schumer's proposal to call live witnesses: "Those who have been eagerly hoping for impeachment are starting to scramble." https://t.co/gZeA2x1TQ9 pic.twitter.com/HrwZFbhn7E
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The left has fired back hard against McConnell for refusing to submit to the demands of Schumer, accusing the Kentucky senator of helping cover up facts about the controversial phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky.
McConnell is not fazed by it though, as he told Sean Hannity last week that he is working in “total coordination” with the White House to defend Trump from impeachment charges.
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