Republicans deny Democrats’ request for witnesses, evidence at trial


National News

January 22, 2020 - 9:47 AM

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks during a press conference on the first day of the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump on Tuesday. (Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)

WASHINGTON — In an overtly partisan start to the third presidential impeachment trial in American history, Senate Republicans on Tuesday repeatedly brushed aside Democratic proposals to subpoena witnesses and documents, and appeared on track to approve trial rules that will punt those critical questions until next week.

In a series of party-line votes punctuating 12 hours of debate, Senate Republicans turned back every attempt by Democrats to subpoena documents from the White House, State Department and other agencies, as well as testimony from White House officials that could shed light on the core charges against President Trump. 

At the heart of the trial are charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress approved last month by the Democratic-led House. They assert that Trump used the power of his office to pressure Ukraine to announce investigations into his political rivals, withholding as leverage nearly $400 million in military aid and a White House meeting. 

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