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Democrats Reject Idea of 'Witness Swap' for Bolton

'We're not going to turn it into a farce,' Biden says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2020 7:58 AM CST
In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff holds redacted documents as he speaks during the impeachment trial against President Trump in the Senate, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.   (Senate Television via AP)
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(Newser) – Lead House impeachment manager Adam Schiff said during the second day of President Trump's impeachment trial that former White House national security adviser John Bolton should be heard from—but he and other Democrats poured cold water on the idea of a "witness swap" in which Hunter Biden would also testify. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the idea was "off the table," the New York Times reports. Joe Biden also rejected the idea, saying he wanted "no part" of it. "We're not going to turn it into a farce, into some kind of political theater," he said. More:

  • White House didn't file to dismiss. President Trump denounced the Democratic case during a flood of tweets Wednesday and later told Fox he would like to see an "acquittal fairly quickly." But the White House decided against filing a motion to dismiss the charges, reports the Washington Post. Republican leaders have warned the administration that such a move would not have majority support so early in the trial.
  • Bolton "knows my thoughts." Bolton has said he will testify if subpoenaed, but Trump told reporters in Switzerland Wednesday that Bolton couldn't testify because he "knows my thoughts on certain people and other governments, war and peace and different things—that's a national security problem." Witnesses said Bolton described the alleged White House pressure on Ukraine, which led to Trump's impeachment, as like a "drug deal."

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