Trump impeachment: senators kill Democratic efforts to subpoena more evidence

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Nadler: ‘Only guilty people try to hide the evidence’

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Rep. Jerry Nadler argues in favor of amendment to issue a subpoena for John Bolton: “The president and some members of this body are afraid to hear from Ambassador Bolton because they know he knows too much.”

Arguing for a subpoena of John Bolton, Jerrold Nadler called votes against the many Democratic efforts to hear more evidence “treacherous”.

“The president and some members of this body are afraid to hear from Ambassador Bolton because they know he knows too much,” Nadler said. “Only guilty people try to hide evidence.”

Seventh Democratic amendment tabled, along party lines. And we move on to yet the next amendment… to subpoena John Bolton.

Each side gets an hour to make their case. This time, Jerrold Nadler, the representative from New York and House Judiciary chair, is arguing the Democrats’ case. Bolton, a former national security advisor, recently said he is willing to testify after resisting doing so during the impeachment inquiry. Donald Trump has said he’ll block Bolton, invoking executive privilege.

Democrats believe that Bolton has firsthand information about the president’s efforts to secure a quid pro quo with the government of Ukraine. Three Republican senators — Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins — have indicated they might want to hear from Bolton. But it’s unlikely they’ll vote to approve the amendment to subpoena Bolton today. Collins said in a statement today that she’ll consider witnesses after hearing the case, and answers to senators’ questions.

Chief Justice John Roberts, who has been presiding over the trial all day, will have to be up early tomorrow morning for his day job. At 10 am Eastern Time, he’s expected to hear arguments in a Supreme Court case to decide whether publicly funded religious education is constitutional.

Even today, his very long day started at the Supreme Court, where he oversaw oral arguments in two cases before heading to the Senate.

The constitution requires that the chief justice “shall preside” over an impeachment trial of a president. In practice, the role has mostly been ceremonial. Previously, chief justices have left it to a Senate parliamentarian to manage the process. Roberts could take a more hands-on approach, and compel witnesses to testify — but that’s unlikely to happen.

So far, Roberts’ role in the Senate trial has been to ask White House lawyers and impeachment managers to speak, in turn, and grant motions to take recess as needed.