Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) accused Senate Republicans of trying to "juice the partisan aspects" of the impeachment inquiry by not following the "widely agreed-upon bipartisan rules" for a Senate impeachment trial. Coons, in an interview with CNN's Alisyn Camerota, said former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden "may very well" be called as witnesses by Republicans.
ALISYN CAMEROTA, CNN HOST: As you know, after the impeachment inquiry will, at some point, move to the trial phase in the Senate. And apparently, there was this private lunch last week where Republican senators hatched a plan or at least desire for, during that time, they'd like to call Hunter Biden. And maybe Joe Biden. And this was Senator Rand Paul and John Kennedy who were floating this idea. Does that worry you?
SEN. CHRIS COONS (D-DE): What concerns me is that we have senators who continue to fuel an utterly baseless theory, that somehow, what Vice President -- then Vice President Joe Biden was doing in Ukraine was anything other than carrying out both United States policy and combatting corruption in the Ukraine and E.U. and allied policy in Ukraine.
They're continuing to feed this narrative that somehow, this was inappropriate, what Joe Biden was doing, when every legitimate investigation into this has shown there was nothing to it.
They're trying to distract from what was clearly an inappropriate abuse of power by President Trump, at least according to all of the interviews, and the transcripts, and the allegations that we've heard so far.
CAMEROTA: But can they call them? Do you think that Hunter Biden and Joe Biden will be called as part of this Senate trial?
COONS: I certainly hope not, but I think that may very well happen. The Republican majority, rather than working with us in the Democratic caucus and coming up with widely agreed-upon bipartisan rules for how to proceed with the impeachment are -- at least according to that report you just shared -- looking for ways to further juice the partisan aspects of this ongoing inquiry.