The day late and dollar short Democrats just suffered a big blow in Trump’s impeachment trial as the Senate GOP held firm.
If the GOP stays together the Democrats can be ignored outright. But if a few switch and vote with the Dems all bets are off.
Chuck Schumer made his first move today and tried to look for cracks in the GOP and he found none, not even from Romney.
From The Hill: 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 made the vote on documents their first amendment to the rules resolution, which was unveiled by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday night.
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.
“No one can argue that these documents are not directly related … People should understand that the documents can shed as much light on why the aid was cut off, who did it,” Schumer told reporters at a press conference ahead of the vote.
“The documents are of equal importance. People should understand that the documents can shed as much light on why the aid was cut off, who did it, and how it evolved, as the witnesses. And we feel very strongly that we need documents and that’s why it’s our first call,” Schumer continued.
The Senate voted 53-47 to table Schumer’s amendment, effectively blocking the language from being added to the rules resolution.
House impeachment managers urged senators to back the request for documents, arguing that the public “deserves the full truth.”