Schumer, Gillibrand criticize GOP’s blocking of impeachment witnesses


WASHINGTON – US Senator Charles Schumer, the Senate minority leader, called the Republican vote not to take witness testimony in the impeachment trial of President Trump a “cover-up” and a “sham trial.”

“This is a sad day for our democracy and an ominous chapter in our nation’s history. Despite pledging to do impartial justice, Republicans conducted a sham trial from the beginning, voting to bar witnesses with first-hand knowledge of the president’s crimes, and blocking the admission of relevant documents,” Gillibrand said.

“It is clear that Senate Republicans will vote to acquit the president, and in doing so, will excuse proven criminality for political expediency,” the state’s junior senator said. “As we head into an election year, Republicans have declared that President Trump has free rein to pressure foreign governments into investigating his political opponents, even if his actions threaten our national security and the security of our allies. This is abject failure of congressional oversight and a betrayal of our constitutional duty.”

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