The Hill reports:
Senate Democrats slammed Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday night over his proposed rules for President Trump’s impeachment trial, accusing the GOP leader of a “cover up.” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) called McConnell’s proposal a “national disgrace,” and vowed to try to change it on the floor on Tuesday. The rules would condense the total number of days allowed for opening arguments compared to the Clinton trial.
“After reading his resolution, it’s clear Senator McConnell is hell-bent on making it much more difficult to get witnesses and documents and intent on rushing the trial through,” Schumer said in a statement. Schumer vowed that Democrats will force votes on the floor on Tuesday to “address the many flaws in this deeply unfair proposal and to subpoena the witnesses and documents we have requested.”
Let’s be 100% clear – the only reason to restrict the impeachment managers to 24 hours over 2 days is to make sure the evidence is presented in the dead of the night, when no one is watching.
It’s not about finding the truth or honoring our duty.
It’s all about the coverup.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) January 21, 2020
These guys REALLY don’t want documents and witnesses and we should stop pretending that we don’t know why.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) January 20, 2020
It’s clear McConnell and Trump want to ignore sworn evidence. And they don’t want firsthand witnesses to Trump’s misconduct.
But the American people want a fair trial and they will hold every senator accountable for their votes tomorrow. https://t.co/qKU96Le6zm
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) January 21, 2020
After repeatedly saying that we would get procedures just like the Clinton impeachment trial, we now see that was false. The proposal that Majority Leader McConnell just released looks more like a cover up than a fair trial. https://t.co/rg5BrXyDcO
— Senator Chris Coons (@ChrisCoons) January 21, 2020
As soon as Senator McConnell offers this resolution, I will be offering amendments to address the many flaws in this deeply unfair proposal and to subpoena the witnesses and documents we have requested. pic.twitter.com/g25Xl8RTmU
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 21, 2020