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Schumer Letter to McConnell re: Democratic Requests for Impeachment Trial Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) 1 (12/15/19)

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CHARLES S. SCHUMER                                                                         DEMOCRATIC LEADER

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                                           WASHINGTON, DC 205i0

                                           December 15, 2019

       The Honorable Mitch McConnell
       Majority Leader
       United States Senate
       Washington, DC 20510

       Dear Leader McConnell:

       In a short time, the House of Representatives is expected to approve Articles of Impeachment
       against President Donald J. Trump. In response to the House's action, as you have noted, our
       rules require the Senate to conduct a trial to consider and vote on the Articles of Impeachment.
       This is an enormously weighty and solemn responsibility that was assigned to the Senate by the
       Framers of the Constitution.

       Senate Democrats believe strongly, and I trust Senate Republicans agree, that this trial must be
       one that is fair, that considers all of the relevant facts, and that exercises the Senate's sole
       Power of Impeachment under the Constitution with integrity and dignity. The trial must be one
       that not only hears all of the evidence and adjudicates the case fairly; it must also pass the
       fairness test with the American people. That is the great challenge for the Senate in the coming

       In keeping with the bipartisan spirit of the procedures adopted in the trial of President Clinton in
       1999, and in order to advance what I believe are our shared objectives for the process in the trial
       of President Trump, Senate Democrats propose the following provisions for your consideration
       and in advance of our upcoming discussion. These provisions are modeled directly on the
       language of the two resolutions that set forth the 1999 trial rules. The first of those resolutions
       passed the Senate by a vote of 100-0, and the second resolution, allowing House Managers to
       call witnesses, passed with the support of all Senate Republicans.

       Specifically, I propose that pre-trial housekeeping measures be adopted on Monday, January 6,
       2020; that the swearing-in of the Chief Justice and Senators occur on Tuesday, January 7, 2020;
       that after a period for preparation and submission of trial briefs, the House Managers be
       recognized on Thursday, January 9, 2020 to make their presentation for a period of not more than
       24 hours, followed by the presentation by the President's counsel, also for a period of not more
       than 24 hours.

       In the trial of President Clinton, the House Managers were permitted to call witnesses, and it is
       clear that the Senate should hear testimony of witnesses in this trial as well. I propose, pursuant
       to our rules, that the Chief Justice on behalf of the Senate issue subpoenas for testimony by the

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