Durbin: Witnesses to exonerate Trump may not exist

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Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSunday Talk Shows: Lawmakers look ahead to House vote on articles of impeachment, Senate trial Lawmakers introduce bill taxing e-cigarettes to pay for anti-vaping campaigns Senators zero in on shadowy court at center of IG report MORE (D-Ill.) said Sunday there may be no witnesses to exonerate President Trump based on the White House’s reluctance to provide evidence as part of the ongoing impeachment probe.

Durbin said the administration has attempted to deny the House’s evidence regarding allegations against Trump, noting the White House turned down House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerJudiciary members battle over whether GOP treated fairly in impeachment hearings Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay House passes bill that would give legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers MORE‘s (D-N.Y.) invitation to be part of the panel’s hearings.

“It appears to me there are no witnesses the president would want to call to exonerate himself, maybe such a witness doesn’t exist. I don’t know,” Durbin said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“The bottom line is if we’re going to have an actual trial we should consider evidence, and that’s why I think [Senate Minority Leader Chuck] Schumer [D-N.Y.] and [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell [R-Ky.] need to sit down and have an orderly respectable process in the senate.”

He said Schumer and McConnell have to sit down to ensure the trial happens in a “proper, bi-partisan way.”

“That hasn’t happened yet,” Durbin added.

The Senate is expected to hold a trial in January, following an expected House vote this week on articles of impeachment.

No Republican senators have publicly stated that they support convicting and removing Trump from office, and McConnell has said he’ll be in “total coordination” with the White House on the trial.

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