House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), one of the House impeachment managers in President Trump‘s Senate trial, said Sunday that Republicans looking to block or negotiate on witnesses are “part of the coverup.”
Nadler’s comments came in response to a question on whether Democrats would consider calling former Vice President Joe Biden‘s son, Hunter Biden, to testify in exchange for calling witnesses put forward by Democrats.
Nadler dismissed the idea of negotiating on witnesses as part of the trial.
“In any trial in any trial, all relevant witnesses must be heard,” Nadler said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
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“This whole controversy about whether there should be witnesses is really a question about of does the Senate want to have a fair trial or are they part of the coverup of the president.”
The Senate will vote next week on whether to call witnesses or wait to decide on witnesses later in the process.
“Any Republican senator who says there should be no witnesses, or even that witnesses should be negotiated, is part of the coverup,” Nadler said.
He added that Hunter Biden is not a necessary witness because he “has no knowledge” of the accusations against Trump.
“Their asking for Hunter Biden is just more of a smear of Hunter Biden that the president was trying to get the Ukraine to do,” Nadler added.
Trump’s pressure campaign in Ukraine to push for the foreign nation to announce an investigation into the Bidens is at the heart of Democrats’ impeachment allegations.
Nadler added that if Republicans want Hunter Biden to testify, Chief Justice John Roberts should make the determination.
“But no chief justice would think of admitting evidence that is not relevant. No trial judge would in any trial,” Nadler added.