Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters that there is no way he’d trade Hunter Biden for the GOP witness in order to get John Bolton to testify for the Democrats. He said that is not on the table.
“I think that is off the table. That trade is not on the table,” he said.
Asked whether he thought House manager Jerry Nadler’s comments early Wednesday morning were appropriate, Schumer said he thought Chief Justice John Roberts dealt with the issue, and he talked generally about the arguments made. He wouldn’t comment further on Nadler specifically.
“I’ve said all I’m going to say, “ he told reporters when pressed again on Nadler.
Schumer also applauded his GOP colleagues who fought to change the resolution so each side would have three days instead of two to make the case. Schumer said it was 100% evidence that Republicans could eventually be moved to support more witnesses and documents.
Some background: Roberts scolded both the Democratic House managers and the President's defense team early Wednesday morning after a contentious exchange on the Senate floor.
Roberts had just listened to the impeachment managers and Trump's legal team rip into each other after Nadler made the case for issuing a subpoena for former national security adviser John Bolton's testimony.
During that argument, Nadler accused Republican senators of "voting for a coverup" by killing amendments for documents and testimony of additional witnesses.
That led to White House counsel Pat Cipollone firing back during his own remarks: "The only one who should be embarrassed, Mr. Nadler, is you. For the way you addressed this body. This is the United States Senate. You're not in charge here."