Schumer: Pelosi's Delay in Transmitting Articles of Impeachment Has 'Helped Our Case'

By Susan Jones | January 8, 2020 | 9:55am EST
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) (Photo: Screen capture)
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) (Photo: Screen capture)

( - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is one of the Democrats applauding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her continuing delay in sending articles of impeachment to the Senate.

The delay comes despite Democrats' insistence that their case was so urgent, they couldn't wait for the courts to compel certain witnesses and documents. They want the Senate to do that job for them.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Schumer said Pelosi has "helped our case."

By not sending the articles immediately, she's already accomplished two things, which we fully support. One, Mitch McConnell couldn't do what some thought he might want to do: right before Christmas or after Christmas, just dismiss.

And, second, in the last two weeks, there's been a cascade of evidence that bolsters the case -- strongly bolsters the case -- for witnesses and documents. So, now we have a greater feel for where we're headed, and Speaker Pelosi, I have a great faith in the decision that she will make.

But, she's accomplished a great deal already. And, if you doubt that, ask your--ask any one of the Republicans, not whether they'd support to kick the can down the road, not the--whether they'd support the duck, but whether they'd support witnesses and documents.

They're afraid to say yes because they know Donald Trump will be furious at them. They're afraid to say no because they know their voters, their constituents would be furious at them. They're stuck. We will not let them avoid the vote. They can delay it. They can't avoid it.

Schumer added that Pelosi has done a "very, very good job and it's helped our case."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told a news conference on Tuesday that the Senate will hear arguments and submit written questions before considering whether to call witnesses at Trump's impeachment trial.

It would take 51 Senate votes to subpoena witnesses, and Schumer said he thinks there's a "pretty decent chance" that enough Republicans will join Democrats in voting to do that.

"Democrats believe that a fair trial means that all the relevant facts come out and witnesses and documents are part of that trial," Schumer said on Tuesday.

"Whoever heard of a trial without witnesses and documents? It's unprecedented. But if you're afraid of the facts, if you're afraid what would come out even in something as weighty and serious as impeachment, you say no witnesses and no documents.

"We say, witnesses and documents, fair trial. No witnesses and no documents, cover up. That simple sentence describes it all..."


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