Daily US Times, Washington: Democrats ruled out a “witness swap” with Republicans in President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial.
Democrats hope to hear testimony from Trump administration’s former National Security Adviser John Bolton. But they denied any deal to allow the son of former US Vice-President Joe Biden to be called as a witness.
The Senate impeachment trial could end next week. But it is highly unlikely that the Senate would oust him as it is controlled by Trump’s Republican Party.
Trump attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday. There he jokingly warned he might confront Democrats by coming to “sit right in the front row and stare at their corrupt faces”.
President Trump has been impeached in the lower house of the US Congress. Now his Senate trial is running. All 100 senators are acting as jurors in the trial. The trial will set wheater he will remain in the office of removed.
He is accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
What was the witness swap proposal?
The Democrats want to call former national security adviser John Bolton who referred to the White House’s alleged political pressure on Ukraine as a “drug deal”, according to previous witness testimony in the House of Representatives.
But Mr. Bolton has said he will not consider testifying unless served with a legal summons known as a subpoena.
Republicans, meanwhile have argued Hunter Biden should also be ordered to appear before the impeachment trial.
Top Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer told reporters during a break in the trial on Wednesday: “That trade is not on the table.”
“This isn’t like some fantasy football trade. Trials aren’t trades for witnesses”, the Senator added.
Presidential frontrunner Joe Biden also denied any witness swap deal.
He defended his son again in Iowa saying: “There’s nobody that’s indicated there’s a single solitary thing he did that was inappropriate or wrong – other than the appearance. It looked bad that he was there.”