Day 1 of Trump Impeachment trial: Defiant Senate votes down 11 attempts by Democrat leaders to subpoena witnesses and documents
The Republican controlled Senate on Tuesday night voted down 11 attempts by Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer to subpoena new White House witnesses and State Department documents in the ongoing impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump by the Senate.
Trump is accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress for holding military aid for Ukraine in an attempt to get them to probe his political rival Joe Biden.
On the first day of the president’s impeachment trial which carried on late into Tuesday midnight, lawmakers voted down along party lines about 8 of Schumer’s amendments on a series of 53-47 votes .
The amendments/resolutions voted down by the senate include;
-Demand for evidence from the White House
– Demand for evidence from the State Department
– Demand for evidence from the Office of Management and Budget
-Demand for Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff to give evidence
-Demand evidence from the Defense Department about delay on security aid to Ukraine
-Demand testimony by former national security advisor John Bolton
-Allow motions to subpoena witnesses after a question period by senators
-Allow chief justice to demand probative evidence relative to either impeachment article
-Demand information from White House aide Robert Blair
-Demand information and documents from Office of Management and Budget aide Michael Duffey
-Prohibit selective introduction of evidence when information has been subject to a subpoena and allow for review of classified material.
After verbal attacks between Trump’s legal team and House Judiciary chair Jerrold Nadler, who accused Republicans of “voting for a coverup” by rejecting attempts to acquire more evidence, Supreme court Justice John Roberts used the opportunity to rebuke both House managers and the White House counsel “in equal terms” for their language and personal attacks and reminded them to remember ‘where they are’.
He asked everyone to “avoid speaking in a manner and using language that is not conducive to civil discourse”.
After 13 hours of non-stop trial which lasted till past 1a.m, some senators appeared to doze off, so the trial has now been adjourned until Wednesday at 1pm ET, for day 2 of the impeachment trial.