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Schumer on Senate impeachment trial: 'We will force votes' on witnesses and documents

Posted January 19, 2020 8:41 p.m. EST

— Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday night that "we will force votes on witnesses and documents" in the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump that gets underway in earnest this week.

"And it will be up to four Republicans to side with the Constitution, to side with our Democracy, to side with rule of law," Schumer told reporters. "And not side, in blind obeisance, to President Trump and his desire to suppress the truth. Because in my judgment, he probably thinks he's guilty."

Schumer questioned during his appearance before the press why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was being "being so secretive about his proposal?"

Schumer suggested that McConnell wants to "rush" the trial so quickly because he's "afraid" of what the American people may hear.

The top Senate Democrat said McConnell has not made his plan public, and Schumer is not privy to it. He said he has been waiting for McConnell to negotiate to no avail.

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