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Schumer, pushing McConnell to negotiate, lays out plan for impeachment trial


December 16, 2019

Samuel Corum – New York Times

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) proposed a time frame for an impeachment trial that would begin Jan. 7 and called for four top White House officials who have not previously testified - including Mick Mulvaney, Trump's acting chief of staff, and John Bolton, the president's former national security adviser - to appear as witnesses.

WASHINGTON – As the House prepared to make President Donald Trump only the third president in U.S. history to be impeached, the Senate's top Democrat on Sunday laid out a detailed proposal for a Senate trial "in which all of the facts can be considered fully and fairly" - including subpoenas for documents the White House has withheld and witnesses it has prevented from testifying.

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer presented the proposal in a letter to his Republican counterpart, Sen. Mitch McConnell, in an opening move to force Republicans to negotiate over the shape and scope of the proceedings. McConnell's statement last week that he was "taking my cues" from the White House infuriated Democrats, who accused him of abandoning his oath to render "impartial justice" in the trial.


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