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 Nadler’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.”
.@SenatorDurbin tells @margbrennan that witnesses should be called in an #impeachment trial, adds “it appears to me there are no witnesses the president would want to call to exonerate himself.” pic.twitter.com/AjV6OO6w2G
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) December 15, 2019
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.