Report: Schumer Privately Arguing Against Having Witnesses At Impeachment Trial

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has reportedly been pushing back against Democratic House impeachment managers’ call to have witnesses testify at ex-President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, which is set to begin on Tuesday.

Politico reports that Schumer and his fellow Democrats in the Senate believe that videos and Trump’s actions in front of the public are sufficient evidence for convicting the former president on the impeachment charge of “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly storming of the Capitol that Trump egged on last month.

Additionally, Senate Democrats reportedly argue that calling on witnesses would needlessly drag out a trial that is all but guaranteed to end in Trump’s acquittal anyway given that most GOP senators have voted that impeachment would be unconstitutional (an argument that constitutional experts across the political spectrum have rejected).

TPM has reached out to Schumer’s office.

Impeachment managers have invited Trump to testify at the trial, a request the former president flatly rejected as a “public relations stunt” last week.

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