The Senate tabled (killed) an amendment to S Res 483 that would govern subpoenaed but thus far withheld documents the administration might later submit as evidence in President Trump's impeachment trial. Under the amendment, if the president were to produce any such material, he would have to also provide Democratic trial managers with all other documents that were demanded by the same subpoena. The requirement was intended to prevent the administration from selectively introducing subpoenaed evidence.
Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said that without this amendment, the GOP-drafted evidence rule "would enable the president to use his obstruction not only as a shield to his misconduct but also as a sword in his defense...[This] is an amendment based on simple fairness, and it will help the Senate and the American people get to the truth."
Attorney Patrick Philbin of the White House team called the amendment invalid because House investigators issued most of their subpoenas before the full House voted in October 2019 to formally authorize impeachment proceedings. He said the first 23 House subpoenas "were all unauthorized...and that is why the Trump administration did not respond to them and did not comply with them."
A yes vote was in opposition to the amendment.
Roll Call #21 01/21/2020