Washington, Dec. 23, 2019, (BGM NEWS) – Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer on Monday continued his pressure on the Republican controlled Senate to ensure that key documents which he deemed relevant to the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump are made available.
Schumer made his demand in a letter sent to the other 99 members of the Senate, writing that, “denying these documents would turn a willfully blind eye to the facts,” of abuse of power and obstruction of congress for which Trump was impeached last week.
The New York Democrat is seeking emails, records scheduling, preparation and follow-ups related to telephone discussions between Trump and President Voloymyr Zelnskiy of Ukraine on April 21 and July 25 this year. Schumer is also seeking text messages, detailed notes and email which State Department witnesses claim during the House impeachment inquiry have been withheld by the administration.
Monday’s letter added to Schumers previous demands for 4 key current and former White House officials to testify. The 4 include former National Security Advisor John Bolton and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell had previously indicated that there was no need to call witnesses, which along with his comment two weeks ago that he was coordinating with the White House council on the impeachment trial, have angered Democrats.
House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision not to send the two articles of impeachment to the senate until she is “clear there will be a fair trial,” has not gone down well with senate Republicans. Some observers feel the speaker’s move is aimed at buying time to determine who from her team would be best suited to make the case in the senate for Trump’s removal from office.
The trial which is expected to begin in January will likely see the president being acquitted Schumer and McConnell meantime are yet to meet to discuss a framework for the trial.