Ted Cruz Suggests Forcing Joe & Hunter Biden to Testify at Senate Impeachment Trial
Texas senator suggests idea that could force former vice president and his son's testimony
Republican Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has suggested an idea that could force former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden to testify before the Senate during President Donald Trump's coming impeachment trial.
Sen. Cruz is calling for “witness reciprocity” during the trial before the GOP-controlled Senate.
The move would enable Senate Republicans to call a witness of their own for each witness Senate Democrats call to testify.
Cruz brought up the idea during a meeting with GOP leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to Fox News.
Other witnesses Republicans wish to call to testify include House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and the anti-Trump "whistleblower" who filed a complaint about a July phone call between Trump and the leader of Ukraine.
Republican leaders are reportedly considering Cruz's suggestion as part of GOP's strategy for the trial.
McConnell, who consulted with Cruz, senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John Cornyn of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah regarding tactics for the impeachment trial, stated: “We’ll be dealing with the witness issue at the appropriate time into the trial.
"And I think it’s certainly appropriate to point out that both sides would want to call witnesses if they wanted to hear from them.
"So if you get to that issue, I can’t imagine that only the witnesses our Democratic colleagues want to call will be called.”
Donald Trump Jr. responded to Cruz's idea by tweeting: “I love @tedcruz’s plan of witness reciprocity.
"The American people want to hear from #wheresHunter Biden, #sleepyJoe Biden, #fullofschiff, the phony “whistleblower” etc. much more than they do anyone on our side especially since the house had free reign of witnesses for months.”
I love @tedcruz’s plan of witness reciprocity.— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 15, 2020
The American people want to hear from #wheresHunter Biden, #sleepyJoe Biden, #fullofschiff, the phony “whistleblower” etc. much more than they do anyone on our side especially since the house had free reign of witnesses for months.
A likely witness whom the Democrats would like to call would be former national security advisor John Bolton.
Three GOP senators - Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - have suggested they might be open to agreeing Bolton should be called as a witness.
With 53 senators in the Senate, the GOP needs every vote, as it requires a simple majority to win a motion in the Senate.
President Trump told Fox News last week that he might invoke executive privilege so Bolton could not testify.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.VA) noted McConnell is famous for keeping his plans secret,” as Politico reported.
“He’s been around a long time," Capito asserted.
"And he’s close to the vest.
"The thing he has on his radar screen is … 51 [votes]. Where can he get to 51?
"And no matter what his personal beliefs might be or how he feels about it.
"And I think that’s really the difficulty he has, trying to weave that."
White House Director of Legislative Affairs Eric Ueland pointed out the close ties between Trump and McConnell.
“They have a lot of conversations, and I don’t think there’s any problem between the two of them in terms of how they're being crisp and clear with each other on the various priorities each has pulling together this trial process,” Ueland said.
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) approved of McConnell waiting to announce his plans, stating, “If I was him, I certainly wouldn’t disclose it because then Nancy Pelosi could say, ‘Oh, now that I’ve seen the rules, I’m not gonna send these [articles] over.’
"Why throw your hand in when you’ve won the game?”