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McConnell Shuts Down Schumer's Trial Request

Majority leader won't call White House officials to testify
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2019 11:22 AM CST
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., leaves the chamber after criticizing the House Democrats' effort to impeach President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – Mitch McConnell rejected Chuck Schumer's suggested terms for President Trump's impeachment trial on Tuesday and said he would not call new witnesses to testify. Speaking on the Senate floor, the majority leader said the request to allow four White House officials to testify signified a weak case, reports the Guardian. "If House Democrats' case is this deficient, this thin, the answer is not for the judge and jury to cure it here in the Senate," said McConnell. "It is not the Senate's job to leap into the breach and search desperately for ways to 'get to guilty,'" he added, per Politico.

McConnell said he still planned to meet with Schumer, who defended his "good-faith proposal." The Democratic leader said McConnell hadn't presented a "single argument" for why the requested witnesses—including acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton—shouldn't appear. "Impeachment trials, like most trials, have witnesses," he said. "To have none would be an aberration." The House is still on track to vote on impeachment Wednesday. (Centrist Democrats are on board.)

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