Schumer Asks McConnell To Subpoena Mulvaney And Bolton In Senate Trial

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) at a ceremony for Bob Dole on January 17, 2018. (Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Sunday formally requested Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to subpoena key witnesses in the Trump administration as the Senate’s impeachment trial looms ahead.

Schumer made the request in a letter in response to the GOP Senate leader openly bragging about working with White House lawyers to defeat the House’s impeachment effort once it undergoes trial in the Senate.

The Democratic senator asked McConnell to subpoena the four top figures in President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scheme who ditched their scheduled House impeachment hearings: acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Robert Blair, his top assistant, along with former National Security Adviser John Bolton and Office of Management and Budget official Michael Duffy.

Schumer told McConnell that he’d be open to having other witnesses in Trump’s holdup of military aid to Ukraine testify as well.

“Conducting the trial according to this plan will also allow the public to have confidence in the process and will demonstrate that the Senate can put aside partisan concerns and fulfill its constitutional duty,” he wrote.

Read the letter below:

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  1. McConnell’s response: “If you let us subpoena Hunter Biden, that Ukrainian taxi driver who had to pay $20 to get his hack license, and the operator of the Cosmic Pizza server storage refrigerator. Oh yeah, and George Soros.”

  2. Dunno. I think Chuck may be telling Mitch “you’re gonna be on record for ALL of this, motherfucker.”

  3. I’m no expert on impeachment trial procedure, but I should think it is up to the House managers of trhe impeachment–the prosecutors–to issue subpoenas for the trial. Schumer’s letter sounds like political theater.

  4. Don’t think this is going to be a straight forward slam/dunk like Moscow Mitch thinks it will be. Looks like there might be a few hitches in this process that the Rethugs just couldn’t imagine happening. Hope the web gets more and more tangled.

  5. Excuse me, but did I miss the part where Chuck said “pretty please with a cherry on top”? Dude’s gonna get steamrolled with not knowing proper procedures.

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