Senate Rejects Change
in GOP Evidence Rules

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

  Yes   No   Not Voting
Republicans 53   0   0
Democrats 0   47   0
Totals 53   47   0
Roll Call #21; 01/21/2020       By Thomas Voting Reports, Inc.

47   Democrats Yea Nay   53   Republicans Yea Nay
Total   0 47   Total   53 0
Baldwin, Tammy WI   N   Alexander, Lamar   TN Y  
Bennet, Michael CO   N   Barrasso, John   WY Y  
Blumenthal, Richard CT   N   Blackburn, Marsha   TN Y  
Booker, Cory NJ   N   Blunt, Roy   MO Y  
Brown, Sherrod OH   N   Boozman, John   AR Y  
Cantwell, Maria WA   N   Braun, Mike   IN Y  
Cardin, Ben MD   N   Burr, Richard   NC Y  
Carper, Thomas DE   N   Capito, Shelley   WV Y  
Casey, Bob PA   N   Cassidy, Bill   LA Y  
Coons, Christopher DE   N   Collins, Susan   ME Y  
Cortez Masto, Catherine NV   N   Cornyn, John   TX Y  
Duckworth, Tammy IL   N   Cotton, Tom   AR Y  
Durbin, Richard IL   N   Cramer, Kevin   ND Y  
Feinstein, Dianne CA   N   Crapo, Mike   ID Y  
Gillibrand, Kirsten NY   N   Cruz, Ted   TX Y  
Harris, Kamala CA   N   Daines, Steve   MT Y  
Hassan, Maggie NH   N   Enzi, Mike   WY Y  
Heinrich, Martin NM   N   Ernst, Joni   IA Y  
Hirono, Mazie HI   N   Fischer, Deb   NE Y  
Jones, Doug AL   N   Gardner, Cory   CO Y  
Kaine, Timothy VA   N   Graham, Lindsey   SC Y  
King, Angus ME   N   Grassley, Charles   IA Y  
Klobuchar, Amy MN   N   Hawley, Josh   MO Y  
Leahy, Patrick VT   N   Hoeven, John   ND Y  
Manchin, Joseph WV   N   Hyde-Smith, Cindy   MS Y  
Markey, Edward MA   N   Inhofe, Jim   OK Y  
Menendez, Robert NJ   N   Johnson, Ron   WI Y  
Merkley, Jeff OR   N   Kennedy, John   LA Y  
Murphy, Christopher CT   N   Lankford, James   OK Y  
Murray, Patty WA   N   Lee, Mike   UT Y  
Peters, Gary MI   N   Loeffler, Kelly   GA Y  
Reed, John RI   N   McConnell, Mitch   KY Y  
Rosen, Jacklyn NV   N   McSally, Martha   AZ Y  
Sanders, Bernard VT   N   Moran, Jerry   KS Y  
Schatz, Brian HI   N   Murkowski, Lisa   AK Y  
Schumer, Charles NY   N   Paul, Rand   KY Y  
Shaheen, Jeanne NH   N   Perdue, David   GA Y  
Sinema, Kyrsten AZ   N   Portman, Rob   OH Y  
Smith, Tina MN   N   Risch, James   ID Y  
Stabenow, Debbie MI   N   Roberts, Pat   KS Y  
Tester, Jon MT   N   Romney, Mitt   UT Y  
Udall, Tom NM   N   Rounds, Mike   SD Y  
Van Hollen, Chris MD   N   Rubio, Marco   FL Y  
Warner, Mark VA   N   Sasse, Ben   NE Y  
Warren, Elizabeth MA   N   Scott, Rick   FL Y  
Whitehouse, Sheldon RI   N   Scott, Tim   SC Y  
Wyden, Ron OR   N   Shelby, Richard   AL Y  
          Sullivan, Dan   AK Y  
          Thune, John   SD Y  
          Tillis, Thomas   NC Y  
          Toomey, Patrick   PA Y  
          Wicker, Roger   MS Y  
          Young, Todd   IN Y  
 
Independents Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont caucus with Democrats and their votes appear in the Democratic totals.