- Title: Schumer: "They are afraid of the truth."
- Date: 23rd December 2019
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (DECEMBER 23, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF LETTER FROM U.S. SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER TO FELLOW SENATORS
- Embargoed: 6th January 2020 22:27
- Keywords: Pelosi Schumer Senate Trump impeachment
- Location: NEW YORK, NEW YORK; WASHINGTON, D.C.: UNITED STATES
- City: NEW YORK, NEW YORK; WASHINGTON, D.C.: UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Government/Politics
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- Story Text: U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Monday (December 23) called for documents and testimony from key officials as part of the upcoming impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, including emails and other communications held by the White House and State Department.
"They are afraid of the truth," Schumer said in a news conference in New York.
In a letter to his 99 fellow senators, Schumer wrote that denying the Senate these documents "would be to turn a willfully blind eye to the facts" in the abuse of power and obstruction of Congress charges against Trump that were approved by the House of Representatives last week.
On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, said that he and Schumer were at an impasse over the Democrat's demand for four administration witnesses to testify and for documents to be entered into the trial record.
The Republican president was charged with abuse of power and obstructing Congress' investigation. He has said he did nothing wrong.
His trial in the Senate is likely to start in January but no exact date has been set as Democrats and Republicans are at loggerheads over the rules for a trial.
McConnell said on Monday that Republicans had not ruled out hearing witnesses in the impeachment trial, as sought by the Democrats, but wanted to leave the decision until after the trial begins.
Trump was impeached on two charges over his pressuring Ukraine to announce an investigation of former vice president Joe Biden, a potential Democratic candidate to run against Republican Trump in the November 2020 election.
There is little chance Trump will be convicted and removed from office through a trial in the Republican-led Senate, but the impeachment proceedings could resonate at the ballot box in November.
(Production: Deborah Lutterbeck)
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