Senate kills impeachment amendment to subpoena White House documents

Cornyn: Giuliani

'The House should have the right to call witnesses.

The House impeachment team and Trump's lawyers exchanged a series of legal briefs over the weekend, previewing what their arguments will be in the trial.

"It would certainly be fair for the president and his team to be able to call witnesses that can provide material information on the charges", Schiff told the network.

'It would not be appropriate for the president to seek to call witnesses merely to try to perpetuate the same smear campaign that was foiled when his plot was discovered, ' Schiff said in reference to Hunter Biden.

Nadler said a debate over whether to allow evidence and witnesses at the trial is "is to be debating whether you should have a cover-up". In its trial brief, the Trump defense team responds by calling abuse of power a "novel", "concocted" and "made-up theory" that "fails to state an impeachable offense because it does not rest on a violation of an established law". "And the chief justice, who may have an opportunity to rule on materiality of witnesses, as well as the senators, should not permit that kind of abuse", he added. It also pushes off any votes on witnesses until later in the process, rather than up front, as Democrats had demanded.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) wasn't totally opposed to additional witnesses, because he reasoned that if the Democrats get their way and call more individuals to the stand, then the Republicans should protest until they get to do the same.

President Trump tweeted that it's "not supposed" to work that way.

Hunter and Joe Biden were at the center of the impeachment inquiry as President Donald Trump had asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into allegations of corruption at a Ukrainian gas company where Hunter Biden had served on the board while his father was the Obama administration's "point man" in Ukraine.

Jason Crow, a freshman representative and Iraq and Afghanistan Army veteran, said in the interview on CBS This Morning Tuesday that he believes the framers of the Constitution has "exactly" this type of instance in mind when drafting impeachment into the document.

"Why did they make this change at the very last minute?"



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