Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said on Sunday that a recently discovered e-mail addressing President Trump's decision to withhold help from Ukraine supports the need for more witnesses in an impeachment trial against the president.
The New York Democrat has summoned at least four witnesses, including Michael Duffey of the Office of Administration and Budget, to testify in a trial against Trump.
On Sunday, Schumer said 91 minutes after the president's call with the Ukrainian president, where he called for an investigation into a political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, Duffey sent an email requesting the withholding of funds.
The email that Schumer shared on Twitter is dated July 25 and notes the "sensitive nature of the request" and requests that "information be kept close".
“If there was any argument that we need Duffey and others to testify and we need the documents we request – that's it. This email is explosive, ”tweeted Schumer.
91 minutes after President Trump's call on July 25:
Michael Duffey sent an email asking for military assistance to be withheld in Ukraine.
If there was any argument that we need Duffey and others to testify and we need the documents we request – that's it.
This email is explosive. pic.twitter.com/XU1fcSV10z
– Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) December 22, 2019
Majority leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, interrupted Democrats' calls for more witnesses in an impeachment trial.
He said the Senate procedures adopted for the trial of President Clinton must still represent Trump.
At the hearing against Clinton, House impeachment managers presented their arguments in support of impeachment articles, and the president's team had a chance to respond before senators decided to call witnesses or not.
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