Senate votes down Democrats’ fourth attempt to subpoena witnesses and documents
In a party-line, 53-47 vote, the Senate voted down Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s amendment to subpoena acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.
Democrats sought his testimony as someone with “firsthand knowledge” of the campaign to pressure Ukraine into opening politically motivated investigations.
“Mr. Mulvaney was in the loop at each critical stage of President Trump’s scheme,” Jeffries said.
“The subject of this amendment should appear before the Senate if we’re going to have a free and fair trial,” Jeffries argued.
Mulvaney had acknowledged Trump had held up military assistance to Ukraine to pressure the country, before walking back his comments.
“We do that all that time with foreign policy,” Mulvaney had said at a press briefing in October 2019.
Republicans countered by saying the president did nothing wrong.
Michael Purpura, one of the president’s lawyers, said: “this chamber’s role is not to do the House’s job for it.”