DNC on Senate Republicans Voting Against a Fair Trial
January 22, 2020
In response to every Republican voting against a fair trial and for McConnell’s resolution that brings into doubt whether the Senate will see relevant documents or hear witness testimony, DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:
“Senate Republicans have stacked the deck for Donald Trump with trial rules that are a disgrace to our democracy and an outright insult to the American people. Americans want a fair and honest trial. Time and again tonight, Senate Republicans voted against allowing just that. McConnell’s tactics are unfair and wrong, and these senators — including Senators Collins, Gardner, McSally, and Tillis — will be held accountable at the ballot box for betraying the Constitution they swore to defend.
“Make no mistake: A trial without evidence is not a trial, it’s a cover-up. The Senate must consider the documents and witnesses that are directly relevant to the charges brought against Trump. The precedent is clear: there have been 15 Senate impeachment trials in history, and in every single one, the Senate heard from witnesses. There is simply no reasonable explanation for refusing to conduct a fair trial.”