Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has had a real change of heart on the role witnesses ought to play in a Senate impeachment trial.
During the Clinton Impeachment, in both his words and votes, Schumer was firmly against having witnesses participate or admitting additional evidence.
In 1999, he said: “This idea that they didn’t have to call witnesses in the House and they should call them in the Senate doesn’t make sense. You call witnesses before a grand jury and you call witnesses before a trial. So, there were some on my side, I was not among them, but some on my side who argued strongly that they ought to call witnesses and they resisted it every step of the way. There has not been a good explanation why 60,000 pages of testimony was good enough for the House but isn’t good enough for the Senate.”
Now, 2 decades later, ‘Cryin’ Chuck’, declares Democrats “join the American people in wanting the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth to come out of the trial. If you want the truth, you have to have witnesses, you have to have documents.”
He even asks: “Who has ever heard of a trial without witnesses and documents?”
Apparently Schumer circa 1999 did.
Concerning President Trump’s impeachment, Schumer professes: “It will be up to four Republicans to side with the Constitution, to side with our Democracy, to side with rule of law. And not side, in blind obeisance, to President Trump and his desire to suppress the truth. Because in my judgment, he probably thinks he’s guilty.”
Despite this smug self-righteousness, Schumer voted against a 1999 resolution that allowed for witnesses to be subpoenaed for the Senate trial and admission of evidence outside the House’s established record.
Flash forward to President Trump’s impeachment, Schumer is now promising to “force votes on witnesses and documents” – a complete 180°.
In addition to the Constitution, the Founding Fathers, and America, it seems witnesses ought to be added to the list of Democrat’s newfound loves.