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Chuck Schumer believes that bringing Hunter Biden in to testify during the impeachment trials against Trump would turn impeachment into a “circus.”
Appearing on CNN, the Senate Minority Leader gave some push-back on the idea of calling upon Hunter Biden to testify, as proposed by Republican leaders.
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Watch Schumer's full segment on CNN here:
The Washington Times has more to say on Chuck Schumer's defense against calling Hunter Biden as an impeachment witness:
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Monday said that calling Hunter Biden as a witness in a future Senate impeachment trial would be a “distraction,” as he makes the case to hear from other additional witnesses who didn’t testify in the House proceedings.
In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday, Mr. Schumer called for subpoenas to be issued to secure testimony from acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, his senior adviser Robert Blair, former National Security Adviser John R. Bolton, and Michael Duffey, associate director for national security in the White House budget office.
The House had asked for the testimony of those four individuals in its impeachment inquiry, but they did not appear.
“I’m not going to negotiate here in public, but the bottom line is I haven’t seen a scintilla of evidence that Hunter Biden would add anything other than show, circus, distraction,” Mr. Schumer said. “If President Trump is so certain that he did nothing wrong, what is he afraid of?”
The Huffington Post also said:
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) suggested he doesn’t believe former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, should be called to testify as a witness in a possible impeachment trial in the Senate, saying it would turn the process into a “circus.”
Schumer pushed back against Republicans’ desire to have Hunter Biden testify while appearing Monday on several morning news shows. His media blitz follows his letter, released a day earlier, that outlines how Democrats would like an impeachment trial against President Donald Trump to proceed, including the issuing of subpoenas for several current and former White House officials.
In his letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Schumer said Democrats would be open to hearing the testimony of “additional witnesses having direct knowledge” of the White House’s delay in releasing U.S. aid to Ukraine and its efforts to get the European country to investigate the Bidens.
Schumer, during an interview Monday with CNN’s “New Day,” was asked whether “additional witnesses” could include Hunter Biden, who served on the board of directors for Ukrainian gas company Burisma while his father was vice president.
“No one ― not a single person I’ve heard, even those who want Hunter Biden ― have even alleged that he has knowledge of the fact case the House is presenting,” Schumer told host John Berman.
“This shouldn’t be for Democrats to bring in their favorite conspiracy theories and for Republicans to bring in theirs,” he continued. “This is an august and solemn proceeding.”