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Chuck Schumer has spent the better part of the Senate impeachment trial against President Trump trying to get amendments passed that would give Democrats what they want: to hear from more witnesses in a desperate attempt to dig up evidence against Trump that isn’t there.
So, Senate Republicans proposed a deal on witnesses that would subpoena an official Democrats see as being a top witness, like John Bolton, in exchange for also bringing in either Hunter or Joe Biden.
But, Schumer has just struck down that idea, saying it’s “off the table,” seeming to confirm what many are suspecting…that Democrats are terrified of what would happen if a Biden were to testify!
Take a look at the breaking news on Twitter:
CNBC has more to say on Schumer taking the Bolton-Biden witness deal off the table:
Democrats fought for more than 12 hours Tuesday to ensure that the Republican-majority Senate would issue subpoenas for documents and witnesses, including Mulvaney and former national security advisor John Bolton.
But Schumer’s 11 amendments to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s proposed rules were shot down, nearly all along party lines.
Over the next several hours, speculation grew on Capitol Hill that a possible deal could be struck whereby Bolton – who vowed that he would appear in the Senate if he was subpoenaed – could be allowed to testify if Hunter Biden was also brought in as a witness.
Democrats see Bolton as a key fact witness who was close to the president and the associates who were involved in the efforts toward Ukraine. Many Republicans have adopted Trump’s suspicions about Hunter Biden, who served on the board of a Ukraine natural gas company while his father was vice president.
Schumer, however, poured cold water on the idea while speaking to reporters during a recess in proceedings Wednesday afternoon.
“No, I think that’s off the table,” Schumer said when asked about the possibility of a witness trade. “That trade is not on the table.”
The Washington Examiner also said:
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats would not consider a deal with Republicans to summon Hunter Biden to testify in the Senate impeachment trial in exchange for testimony from former Trump administration officials, including John Bolton.
“I think that’s off the table,” Schumer, a New York Democrat, told reporters Wednesday during a break in the trial.
Some Senate Republicans proposed a deal on witness testimony that would include summoning either former Vice President Joe Biden or his son Hunter Biden. In exchange, the Senate would also summon Trump administration officials sought by Democrats.
Former national security adviser John Bolton tops their list.
But Democrats Wednesday rejected the idea, arguing that the Bidens are not relevant to the impeachment charges against Trump.
“That trade is not on the table,” Schumer said.