Schumer: Trump’s Acquittal is 'Meaningless’ Without Witnesses and Documents
Senate Minority Leader echoes Nancy Pelosi's argument on exoneration
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) stated on Friday that President Donald Trumps's "acquittal would be meaningless" if Senate Republicans refuse to allow additional witnesses and documents in the Senate’s impeachment trial.
“If my Republican colleagues refuse to consider witnesses and documents in this trial, the president’s acquittal will be meaningless."
"Because it will be the result of a sham trial," Schumer added.
"If there are no witnesses, no documents in this trial, there will be a permanent asterisk next to the acquittal of President Trump written in permanent ink.”
Schumer echoed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's sentiment on Thursday, arguing Trump would not be exonerated if the Senate acquits him because the trial would not be a fair one.
Pelosi told reporters, Trump "will not be acquitted.”
“You cannot be acquitted if you don't have a trial," the House speaker added.
"And you don't have a trial if you don't have witnesses and documentation.”
On Friday, Swing-vote Republican, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), announced that he would not support additional witnesses Senate impeachment trial, paving the way for an immediate acquittal.
Democrats' hopes of hearing testimony from former national security adviser John Bolton were shut down by Alexander's announcement, which could abruptly end their impeachment campaign.
Sen. Alexander said in a statement:
"If this shallow, hurried, and wholly partisan impeachment were to succeed, it would rip the country apart, pouring gasoline on the fire of cultural divisions that already exist."
"It would create the weapon of perpetual impeachment to be used against future presidents whenever the House of Representatives is of a different political party."
“The framers believed that there should never, ever be a partisan impeachment," he added.
"That is why the Constitution requires a 2/3 vote of the Senate for conviction. Yet not one House Republican voted for these articles."