The Senate tabled (killed) an amendment to streamline how the Senate will determine whether it will hear testimony during the impeachment trial from witnesses including John Bolton, the former national security adviser, or Mick Mulvaney, the White House chief of staff. The GOP-written rules (S Res 483) call for four hours of debate and a vote later in the trial on whether any motions to subpoena witnesses or documents will be considered. If any witnesses were eventually subpoenaed, they would be deposed before another vote on whether to call them to testify before the Senate. This amendment would eliminate the first vote on whether to consider calling any witnesses, thus allowing guaranteed up-or-down votes on whether to hear from specific witnesses. The amendment also specified that senators would hear from witnesses in person as opposed to via videotape or by reading a deposition transcript.
Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said that without this rules change "there is no guarantee that you are going to get a chance to vote on specific witnesses."
Mike Purpura, a deputy White House counsel, said the amendment would impair Senate's "discretion as to whether to hear from the witness live [and] if there are witnesses at some point or not."
A yes vote was in opposition to the amendment.
Roll Call #23 01/22/2020