Democrats resubmit several amendments to cite witnesses
MADRID, 1 Feb. –
The United States Senate has approved this Friday to hold the vote to presumably acquit the US president, Donald Trump, of the charges against him in the impeachment trial, abuse of power and obstruction. to Congress
The leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, has proposed a resolution to specify the next steps in the process against Trump after the Republicans have blocked Friday the possibility of citing witnesses.
Thus, the resolution, passed by the 53 votes of the Republican senators that make up the Upper House against the 47 against the Democrats, states that the final arguments of the accusation and defense will be provided on Monday and the voting of the charges , which will probably be settled in favor of Trump precisely by the Republican majority of the Senate, will take place on Wednesday.
Before the vote on the adoption of the resolution presented by McConnell, the leader of the Democratic minority in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, has submitted four amendments to try again to allow the declaration of witnesses, such as the head of the White House interim cabinet , Mick Mulvaney, or former US National Security advisor John Bolton, in addition to providing documents in the process against Trump.
All have been rejected in a very partisan vote, although in two of them referring to the citation to testify of Bolton, Republican senators Mitt Romney and Susan Collins have joined the 47 Democrats and voted in favor, according to the chain of CNN television. Romney and Collins had already joined the Democrats in the vote that took place this Friday to decide the summons of the witnesses.
PELOSI CHARGES REPUBLICANS OF “COMPLIANCE”
For its part, the president of the House of Representatives of the United States, Nancy Pelosi, has accused the Republican senators who have voted against allowing the declaration of witnesses and the contribution of documents in the 'impeachment' “accomplices of the cover-up” of Trump.
“The president was accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. There can be no acquittal without a trial. And there is no trial without witnesses, documents and evidence,” he criticized, while considering that “it is a sad day for States United, “as stated in a statement.
Schumer had already expressed himself in the same line as Pelosi shortly before and has branded this Friday's “tragedy” day. “The United States will remember this day, unfortunately, as the day the Senate did not live up to its responsibilities, the day the Senate turned the truth around,” he said.
THE CASE AGAINST TRUMP
The political trial is chaired by the president of the United States Supreme Court, John Roberts, and the seven deputies appointed by the House of Representatives will act as 'prosecutors' of a process in which all senators must act as jurors, regardless of the party in which they militate.
The impeachment process encompasses the investigation and voting in the House of Representatives, where Trump was officially disapproved in December, thus becoming the third censored US president, and the political trial in the Upper House, in which, to date , no president has become dismissed.
The process began following a complaint lodged by an Intelligence officer who considered that Trump's call to his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodimir Zelenski, on July 25 was an attempt to pressure him to force him to open an investigation into the Biden, paralyzing until then the delivery of more than 300 million dollars of military aid to Kiev and postponing the invitation for a meeting at the White House.
Trump maintains that he is the victim of a “witch hunt” and that his call was “perfect”, despite the contradictions that have been observed in the Government since the complaint of the anonymous official for the alleged campaign of pressure on Ukraine.