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tv   U.S. Senate Sen. Minority Leader Schumer on Articles of Impeachment  CSPAN  December 17, 2019 6:13pm-6:27pm EST

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too. it has to impress case is this deficient, this then, the answered has brought for the judge and jury to curate over near the senate. the answered is i who should not impeach on this basis in first place. the house plaza head, and the senate in the senate, we certainly do not need jurors to start brainstorming witness list from prosecution. and demands a lot of the men opening arguments. i still believe the senate to try to follow the 1999 model. to resolution. two. first things first. the middle and the end of this process, will come later. so i look forward to meeting with the democratic leaders very soon and getting our porton conversation.
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getting it back on the right foot. >> i just listened to mr. mcconnell news lengthy atresponse to a fair impeachment trial in the senate. you mcconnell was apparently upset that i sent him goleta a city sunday praising the first up was for the two leaders to meet and then discuss resolution. well, if we we're allowed to show a video of republicans last seweek. over this solid b of his argument. leader mcconnell unfortunately skipped his first step. when he began publicly talking about the rules of the senate trial, telling how he would be taking from the white house and his idea for how to conduct a trial long before the conversation was she still hasn't had with me. melinda was intended as a good faith proposal to kick start the discussions that leader mcconnell has delayed in getting
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to i still expect that we will sit down and discuss trial parameters despite theis publicy appearances on fox news. let me see this, let's look at that leaders beach and i did not hear a single sentence or argument as to why the witnesses i suggested should not give testimony. impeachment trials like most trials have witnesses to have known it would be an aberration. why is the president so afraid of having these witnesses come testify. what are they afraid the witnesses would see. i would like to hear leader tmcconnell got to the floor and give specific reasonsea why the four witnesses we have asked for should it testify. i don't know what they think. it might have something to see.
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utthey might have something exposing terry to see about president trump. or them or not. but they certainly, these 14 people who saw exactly what was going on, what is leader mcconnell afraid of. what is president trump afraid of. the truth. the american people want the truth. and that is why we have asked the witnesses, and documents to get the whole truth, and isnothing. this week the house of representatives will vote on articles of impeachment against the president of the united states. these articles past the house, the constitution dictates that the senate serve as a quote of impeachment. conducting an impeachment trial. mr. president is the tremendously witty and solemn responsibility entrusted to us by his founders. if such trial is to happen then
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democrats strongly believe that it must be fair. they american people must regard as their. a fair trial is one that allows senators, a fair trial is one that allows senators, to get all of the relevant facts and adjudicate the case impartially. in goleta i sent a leader mcconnell, i propose a very reasonable discretion for a fair trial. s i mean, the same letter to every one of my colleagues. democrat and the publicans. there's a grand tradition in america, expedient fair trial. we will both. the leader seems obsessed with speedy head wants to throw fair out the window. simply repeat the arguments and remain in the house in the senate with in a row witnesses and documents that could shed live on what actually happened.
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i don't have them. let's hear a single word of answered to that. you've heard them. in fact the american people wanted as well. the poll today in washington post, and abc, 72 percent of americans want to hear these witnesses and 64 per set of republicans do. they market people fair. they want to cover up, they don't want to conceal, this is weedy stuff. the house was put together a very strong case the president abused his p power and wanted to let a foreign power interfere in our collection. this to the heart of what our democracy is with founding fathers warned against. and now, to not allow witnesses to come forward.
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would be able to discuss what actually happened. we don't have them in the trial won't be here. the witnesses that we propose have direct knowledge and why aid to ukraine was delayed. in the administrations request for ukraine to conduct two investigations for political reasons. they have direct knowledge of those facts. we don't know as i said what kind of evidence they will president. it may be incriminating and may be exculpatory, you may influence how people float in them enough. but they certainly ought to be heard. by virtue of their senior positions in the white house each witness we named was directly involved in the events that led to the charges made by the house. we have also proposed
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subpoenaing certain records including e-mails by certain key officials. there directly related to the charges brought by the house. i believe these documents areo also a great grandson to make sure the senators have the information necessary to make a fully informed decision. this terribly weighty decision. the house has built a very strong case against thehe president. maybe that his wife leader mcconnell doesn't seem to want witnesses. at least i took agree to them now. that is why the president is afraid because the house case is strong that they don't want witnesses might collaborate it. andub the evidence the house put together, includes public testimony. even on oathy number senior officials appointed by president
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trump. these are trump appointees we are calling. not some partisan democrat, but some republican senators have said that while the charges are serious, they haven't seen enough evidence to make his decision. that is one of the reasons i propose subpoenas to these witnesses and documents all directly relevant. from officials who have yet to testify on oath. senators who oppose this plan, will have to explain while less evidence is better than more evidence. but again let me see that. every senator, those who oppose the plan will have to explain while less evidence is better than more evidence. in the have to explain that position to the public who is understandably skeptical join new scene administration and depressing evidence and blocking
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officials from telling the truth about what they know. just this morning i read about this poll this morning. 71 percent of americans believe the president should allow his top aides to testify in a potential show trial. 72 percent of independent and 64 of republicans, 64 percent of republicans think that the president trump should allow us copies to testify in a potential senate trial. seven out of ten americans. the american people have something that seems to be lacking with some of my colleagues. that a trial that went out witnesses, has brought a trial. it is a rush to judgment, is the sham trial. the american people understand that a trial that went out relevant documents has brought a fair trial. and again, they desire not to or
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for sunlight, for documents to come see you facts that may well be very relevant. american people type people understand that is probably not because the evidence will help cases because you try to have a something of allowing it to be in witnesses. >> president trump are you worried about what these witnesses would sacred if you are not worried, let them come forward. if you are worried, we want to hear from them. i have turned again, lena went on for 15 to 20 minutes to the republican theater giving a single argument for why these with tenderness witnesses shouldn't test fire these documents should bero produced. most the president has something to hide. in the coming weeks, every
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senator will have a choice, do they want to fair and honest trial that examines all of the facts, or do they want to trial that doesn't let all of the facts come out. we will have both. we will have a vault, during this proceeding, after the vote for it and join they send it to us, will have votes and whether these people should testify and whether these documents should be made public. in the american people, will be watching. they will be watching. it was for an open and fair trial. to us we're hiding facts relevant facts, immediate facts, was for coming would i expect to discuss this proposal with leader mcconnell.
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but each individual senator will have both the power and responsibility to locate what an impeachment trial looks like. and federal 65, alexander mountain said quote, where else but in the senate could've been found in the sufficiently dignified or independent to serve as a quote of impeachment. one of the body would be likely to feel confident enough to preserve or influence the necessary and partial impartiality. my colleague, leader mcconnell, are you and alexander hamilton news word art and fluids to produce the necessary impartiality, or will you rtparticipate in a cover-up. and we live up w to hamilton slg words.
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with dignity, independence, confidence, to preserve the necessary impartiality to conduct a fair trial. that question, she weigh heavily on every single senate. >> follow process for me and ministrations response on c-span. watch live unfiltered coverage. suman artisan from wherever you are, free c-span radio app. sooner the sunday book to be features three nonfiction books. harvard university offers his thoughts on how sexual misconduct accusations should be handled. in his book you by accusation. >> i wanted to go away, only to disprove it. categorically. savor the book and i have all of the documents in the back, the


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