If Democrats want to play witness games, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) has a few things waiting for them.
Hawley has prepared subpoenas to call Joe Biden, his son, his son Hunter, House Intel Chair and impeachment manager Adam Schiff (D-CA) and the Ukraine whistleblower.
I have drafted motions to subpoena Adam Schiff, the “whistleblower,” Hunter Biden, and Joe Biden to testify. If the Senate calls witnesses, I will ask for votes on all these next week https://t.co/NW1fuyYVF4
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) January 25, 2020
From Daily Wire:
“The Missouri Republican is preparing to file subpoena requests for witnesses and documents that Democrats and Republicans alike won’t want to vote on, a tactic intended to convince a handful of senators to sink a vote next week to consider new evidence in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial,” Politico reported. “Hawley’s strategy harmonizes with plans from GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky to force votes to hear from Hunter Biden, the former vice president’s son who was on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma.”
On Twitter, Hawley wrote, “I have drafted motions to subpoena Adam Schiff, the ‘whistleblower,’ Hunter Biden, and Joe Biden to testify. If the Senate calls witnesses, I will ask for votes on all these next week.” [….]
Politico added, “Hawley would also seek communications among the whistleblower, Schiff and his staff, transcripts of [Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael] Atkinson’s congressional testimony, communications between the House impeachment managers and Democratic presidential candidates as well as documents related to Biden’s drive to oust former Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin.”
If Democrats want to play games, here’s the hammer waiting to fall on them if these folks are called.
The bottom line is there already have been multiple witnesses in the House and not one has supported the claims of the Democrats as to quid pro quo, including the person at the crux of the case, President Volodymyr Zelensky. If Zelensky and the Ukrainians say there was never any quid pro quo communicated to them, then there is no case, no matter how much that House Intel Chair Adam Schiff wants to manufacture fake conversations or put words in Zelensky’s mouth.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wants witnesses to buttress their case because they’re still desperately fishing to find any evidence that actually supports their case. He’s calling it a “cover-up” not to have witnesses in the Senate trial. But they already have witnesses from the House proceedings, it’s not the Senate’s requirement to help the House managers with their case. Schumer is being hypocritical since he argued against further witnesses during the Clinton impeachment proceedings saying it made no sense for the Senate to call new witnesses when they were not called by the House.