The Senate defeated a motion to allow votes on subpoenas for witnesses and documents in the impeachment trial of President Trump. The only senators breaking party ranks were Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah, who voted with Democrats in favor of issuing subpoenas. The motion did not name potential witnesses. But Democrats said in debate they wished to subpoena, among others, John Bolton, Trump's former national security adviser, for testimony about topics including his reported conversations with the president about Trump's solicitation of personal political favors from Ukrainian officials in return for his release of nearly $400 million in U.S. military aid to Ukraine. Trump defenders said the Senate should make its decision on removing him from office based on evidence submitted by the House.
Representing the House, Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said: "The facts will come out. In all of their horror, they will come out....The documents the president has been hiding will come out. The witnesses the president has been concealing will tell their stories. And we will be asked why we did not want to hear that information when we had the chance, when we could consider its relevance and importance in making this most momentous decision."
White House deputy counsel Patrick Philbin said: "The Senate is not here to do the investigatory work the House did not do....The reaction of this body should be to reject the articles of impeachment, not to condone and put its imprimatur on the way the proceedings were handled in the House and not to prolong matters further to redo work the House failed to do by not seeking evidence and not doing a fair and legitimate process."
A yes vote was to allow motions to issue subpoenas.
Roll Call #27 01/31/2020