Senate GOP Defeats Subpoena for White House Documents

Headline Roundup January 21st, 2020

An amendment proposed by Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to impeachment rules was defeated by Republicans Tuesday in a 53-47 vote that reflected the Senate's sharp partisan lines. The subpoena sought documents pertaining to White House-Ukraine relations created by former NSA adviser John Bolton, acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Mulvaney aide Robert Blair. The proposed amendment is expected to be the first of several.

Most reporting, regardless of political leaning, focused on Senate Republicans apparent unlikeliness to favor any rules amendments until after opening arguments from both sides are heard.

Senate GOP Defeats Subpoena for White House Documents

From the Right
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After Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) proposed an amendment Tuesday to the rules for President Trump’s impeachment trial in order to subpoena witnesses and documents from the White House, it failed in a party-line vote.

All 53 Republicans in the GOP-controlled Senate voted against Schumer’s amendment, which asked for any records created by former national-security adviser John Bolton, Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and Mulvaney aide Robert Blair regarding the White House’s dealings with Ukraine.

The current rules proposed by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.)...

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From the Center
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Senate Republicans on Tuesday rejected an opening effort by Democrats to compel the Trump administration to hand over documents related to the delayed Ukraine aid.

Democrats offered two amendments to the rules resolution that would have required the administration to turn over documents. Both were tabled, effectively blocking the requests, in back-to-back 53-47 votes.

The documents, according to Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.), would relate to conversations and documents between President Trump, top administration officials and Ukraine on the delayed funding, which was eventually released in September.

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From the Left
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(CNN)Senate Republicans defeated an amendment from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday to subpoena the White House for Ukraine documents on the opening day of the bitterly fought impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

The amendment was killed by Republicans on a party-line vote, 53-47. Schumer is proposing additional amendments — including to subpoena the State Department — which are also likely to be defeated by Republicans as the Senate debates a resolution to set the rules of the trial.

The debate over the trial rules played out after...

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