White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters Monday they see “no reason” for acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and other potential witnesses to testify at a presidential impeachment trial as requested by the top Democrat in the Senate.
She declared, “We don’t do things just because Sen. [Charles] Schumer [D-N.Y.] asks us to do them. That’s very clear,” plus added, “Starting on Oct. 8, our White House counsel made very clear that he looks at the entire process as unconstitutional, illegitimate and ill-conceived.”
Conway claimed, “There is no reason for them to go and testify in the Senate trial as far as we can see. Maybe someone will change their mind, but we haven’t done that,” then asking, “Why would we do that?”
Conway responding to a request from Schumer that Mulvaney, former national security adviser John Bolton, senior Mulvaney adviser Robert Blair, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) official Michael Duffey be called to testify as part of the Senate trial.
The Democrat from New York sent an official appeal to Republican leader McConnell last week. Schumer asked to issue summons for a “limited set of documents” linked with the widely-disputed delay of Ukrainian aid.
Schumer stated that, “Trials have witnesses. That’s what trials are all about.” Along with,“To engage a trial without the facts coming out is to engage in a cover-up.”
Plus adding, ““I haven’t seen a single good argument” as to why White House advisers shouldn’t testify or requested documents shouldn’t be turned over.”
The House Judiciary Committee just released a detailed report justifying reasons to impeach Trump. Which accusing the president of putting, “his personal, political interests above our national security, our free and fair elections, and our system of checks and balances.”
Democrats in the lower chamber have not really been able to build significant support from across the aisle. As battle lines for this brutal political war cut nearly straight down the partisan divide. Curious that Schumer criticized McConnell for what he described as a “partisan” description of the Senate trial. Yet interesting to note here New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew has defected parties from Democrat to Republican over the issue.
A full House of Representatives expected to vote on impeachment in the coming days. House Democrats’ drafted two articles against President Trump. They include abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. If approved, the next step would a formal Senate trial.