The Senate tabled (killed) a Democratic-sponsored amendment to S Res 483 to that sought to call Robert B. Blair, an aide to White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, and Michael P. Duffey, an Office Management and Budget official, as witnesses in the Donald Trump impeachment trial. Both assisted Trump's bid to use a freeze on military aid and denial of an Oval Office visit to gain Ukraine's help in undercutting former Vice President Joe Biden'''s 2020 presidential candidacy. They were subpoenaed by House investigators but refused to comply on due process grounds.
Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, said: "Blair and Duffey are not household names...But they operated the machinery of the executive branch. They implemented President Trump's instruction to freeze military aid to Ukraine" and "stood at the center of this tangled web."
Attorney Pam Bondi, a Trump defender, told the Senate that House impeachment investigators "took no action on the subpoenas (they) issued to Mr. Duffey and Mr. Blair because they didn't want a court to tell them that they were trampling on their constitutional rights. Now they want this chamber to do it for them."
A yes vote was in opposition of calling Blair and Duffey as witnesses.
Roll Call #20 01/21/2020