The Senate tabled (killed) an amendment that sought to authorize the impeachment trial of President Trump to subpoena White House documents that are directly relevant to charges leveled against the president. The amendment was in response to the White House's total refusal to comply with subpoenas they received last year from House impeachment investigators. In addition to shunning House requests for thousands of White House documents including correspondence, emails and text messages related to the impeachment articles, the administration has disregarded House subpoenas issued to the Department of Defense, Department of State and Office of Management and Budget. Senate Democrats also introduced trial amendments to compel those agencies to respond to a new round of subpoenas, and those measures were also killed by 53-47 party-line votes.
Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., said: "As powerful as our evidence is -- and make no mistake, it overwhelmingly proves [Trump's] guilt -- we did not receive a single document from the executive branch…including the White House itself."
Attorney Patrick Philbin, a defender of President Trump, said: "It is a stunning admission of the inadequate and broken process that the House Democrats ran in this impeachment inquiry that [they] failed to compile a record to support their charges."
A yes vote was in opposition to the amendment.
Roll Call #15 01/21/2020