After the Senate voted to reject additional witnesses and documents in the impeachment trial of President Trump, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer decided to do an end-run around senators by putting forward amendments to subpoena a number of current and former White House officials, including John Bolton.
According to Jim Hoft, that got shot down as well with a 51-49 vote.
Senator Schumer has called for an amendment vote tonight to subpoena Mulvaney, Bolton, Duffy, Blair, & White House, OMB, DoD, and State Dept documents. These are the witnesses & documents we need for this impeachment trial.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) February 1, 2020
According to NBC News, there were four amendments, three of them put forward by Schumer:
Schumer amendment to subpoena Mulvaney, Bolton, Duffy, Blair and White House, OMB, DOD and State Department documents
Schumer amendment to Subpoena John Bolton
Schumer amendment to subpoena Bolton; provided further that there be one day for a deposition presided over by Chief Justice, and one day for live testimony before the Senate, both of must occur within 5 days of adoption of the underlying resolution
Van Hollen amendment to require the Chief Justice to rule on motions to subpoena witnesses and documents, and to rule on any assertion of privilege
Apparently, Schumer can’t handle the fact that his side lost the original vote and decided to throw a temper tantrum.
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