The Senate on Jan. 22 tabled (killed) an amendment that would empower Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to rule on the relevance of witnesses and documents proposed to be subpoenaed in President Trump's impeachment trial. This would change a rule requiring disputes over relevance to be resolved by a majority vote of senators. The Senate, which has 53 Republicans and a Democratic caucus of 47 senators, could vote to overrule the chief justice's opinion.
Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told Republicans: "If you can’t trust the chief justice, appointed by a Republican president, to make a fair decision about materiality [of witnesses and documents], I think it betrays the weakness of your case."
Attorney Jay Sekulow of the president's defense team said: "With no disrespect to the chief justice, this is not an appellate court. This is the U.S. Senate. There is not an arbitration clause in the U.S. Constitution. The Senate shall have the sole power to try all impeachments. We oppose the amendment."
A yes vote was in opposition to the amendment.
Roll Call #25 01/22/2020