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Schumer: If Republicans Do Not Allow Bolton And Mulvaney To Testify, They Are "Part Of The Cover-Up"

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During a press conference on Monday morning, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that in light of reporting about former national security adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book Republicans must agree to call him to testify in President Trump's impeachment trial.

Bolton's claims "essentially confirm the president committed the offenses charged in the first article of impeachment," Schumer said. "We have a witness with first-hand evidence of the president's actions for which he is on trial. He is ready and willing to testify. How can Senate Republicans not vote to call that witness and request his documents?"

"We're all staring a White House cover-up in the face," Schumer also said. "If Senate Republicans are not going to vote to call Mr. Bolton and Mr. Mulvaney and the other witnesses now, if they're not going to ask for notes and emails, they're going to be part of the cover-up, too, because we have this out in the open."

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER: This is stunning. It goes right to the heart of the charges against the president. Ambassador Bolton essentially confirms the president committed the offenses charged in the first article of impeachment. It boils down to one thing. We have a witness with first-hand evidence of the president's actions for which he is on trial. He is ready and willing to testify. How can Senate Republicans not vote to call that witness and request his documents?

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Ambassador Bolton's manuscript was sent to the White House over a month ago. The president ordered everyone with first-hand knowledge of his actions not to testify in the impeachment inquiry. We're all staring a White House cover-up in the face. It is so clear what's going on here. I don't need to spell it out for you. If Senate Republicans are not going to vote to call Mr. Bolton and Mr. Mulvaney and the other witnesses now, if they're not going to ask for notes and emails, they're going to be part of the cover-up, too, because we have this out in the open.


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