Democratic candidates call for White House officials to testify during Senate impeachment trial

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Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Minn.) and businessman Tom SteyerTom SteyerBloomberg wages war on COVID-19, but will he abandon his war on coal? Overnight Energy: 600K clean energy jobs lost during pandemic, report finds | Democrats target diseases spread by wildlife | Energy Dept. to buy 1M barrels of oil Ocasio-Cortez, Schiff team up to boost youth voter turnout MORE during Thursday’s Democratic primary debate called on White House officials to testify during the Senate’s impeachment trial. 

“As we face this trial in the Senate, if the president claims that he is so innocent, then why doesn’t he have all the president’s men testify?” Klobuchar told the audience at the PBS News Hour/Politico debate in Los Angeles. 

“Richard Nixon had his top people testify,” she continued. “We should be hearing from [White House chief of staff Mick] Mulvaney, who is the one under oath. Witnesses have said that Mulvaney is the one that said. ‘Okay, we’re going to withhold this aid to a fledgling democracy to get dirt on a political opponent.'”


“We should hear from [former National Security Adviser John] Bolton, who told his own staff to go see a lawyer after they met with the president. That is the case,” she said. 

Steyer echoed Klobuchar’s sentiment, saying witnesses are required to present a fair case to the American people.

“I actually agree with Senator Klobuchar,” Steyer said. “The question here is if we want the American people to understand what is going on, we need to have the administration officials testify on TV so we can judge. The court that counts is the court of public of opinion.” 

Klobuchar’s comments come after Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOvernight Health Care: US showing signs of retreat in battle against COVID-19 | Regeneron begins clinical trials of potential coronavirus antibody treatment | CMS warns nursing homes against seizing residents’ stimulus checks Schumer requests briefing with White House coronavirus task force as cases rise Schumer on Trump’s tweet about 75-year-old protester: He ‘should go back to hiding in the bunker’ MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Wednesday that he will ask for votes during the impeachment trial calling for witnesses, including Bolton and Mulvaney, to testify. 

Schumer has also said he would like Mulvaney’s senior adviser Robert Blair and budget staffer Michael Duffey to testify.

However, Republican senators have suggested that they want to delay a decision on witnesses until after the trial has started. 

Schumer on Thursday met with Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote GOP senator to try to reverse requirement that Pentagon remove Confederate names from bases No, ‘blue states’ do not bail out ‘red states’ MORE (R-Ky.), but the two did not come to an agreement on witnesses or requests for additional documents ahead of the Christmas break. 

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