Democrats wont negotiate calling former Vice President Joe Bidens son Hunter Biden during the Senate impeachment trial in exchange for other witnesses, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said.
Nadler, 72, is one of the House impeachment managers.
“In any trial, all relevant witnesses must be heard. Whether youre accused of robbing a bank,—testimony that I saw him rob the bank or he was somewhere else, he couldnt have robbed the bank, is admissible. Its not negotiable whether you have witnesses. And this whole controversy about whether there should be witnesses is just—is really a question of, does the Senate want to have a fair trial or do they—or are they part of the cover up of the President?” Nadler said during a Sunday appearance on CBS “Face the Nation.”
“Im saying that Hunter Biden has no knowledge of the accusations against the president,” he said after being questioned by host Margaret Brennan.
“Theyre asking for Hunter Biden is just more of a smear of Hunter Biden that the President is trying to get the Ukraine to do,” Nadler added.
President Donald Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 2019 phone call to “look into” accusations of corruption surrounding the Bidens, which prompted Democrats to claim the president was asking a foreign country to probe a political rival. Joe Biden, a Democratic presidential contender, said in 2018 that while in office in 2016, he pressured Ukraine to oust a prosecutor who was probing his sons employer, Ukraine-based Burisma Holdings.
Law professor Jonathan Turley, who testified during the impeachment inquiry, has said that Hunter Biden “would be a relevant defense witness” in a conventional trial.
“Bidens testimony would have bearing on a key question in an abuse-of-power trial. Trump insists that he raised the issue of Hunter Bidens relationship with a Ukrainian energy firm to the Ukrainian president as part of an overall concern he had about ongoing corruption in that country,” he wrote in a recent op-ed. “If that contract with the son of a former vice president could be shown to be a corrupt scheme to advance the interests of a foreign company or country, it might be Trumps best defense.”
The Senate is expected to vote on Tuesday on starting the trial without addressing the matter of witnesses, based on precedent set in the 1999 impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton. The initial vote doesnt preclude calling witnesses later in the process, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said.
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