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Fight over witnesses could delay Trump trial

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House impeachment managers now say they want to call at least one witness in Donald Trump's impeachment trial that was expected to wrap up on Saturday. Trump's defense lawyers say if Democrats call witnesses, they'll ask for at least 100. (Feb. 13)

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JAMIE RASKIN: We believe we've proven our case. But last night, Congresswoman Jamie Herrera Butler of Washington state issued a statement confirming that in the middle of the insurrection, when House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy called the president to beg for help, President Trump responded, and I quote, "Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are."

Needless to say, this is an additional, critical piece of corroborating evidence, further confirming the charges before you, as well as the president's willful dereliction of duty and desertion of duty as commander in chief of the United States, his state of mind, and his further incitement of the Insurrection on January 6.

For that reason, and because this is the proper time to do so under the resolution that the Senate adopted to set the rules for the trial, we would like the opportunity to subpoena Congresswoman Herrera regarding her communications with House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy and to subpoena her contemporaneous notes that she made regarding what President Trump told Kevin McCarthy in the middle of the insurrection.

MICHAEL VAN DER VEEN: What you all need to know and the American people need to know is, as of late yesterday afternoon, there was a stipulation going around that there weren't going to be any witnesses. But after what happened here in this chamber yesterday, the House managers realize they did not investigate this case before bringing the impeachment. They did not give the proper consideration and work. They didn't put the work in that was necessary to impeach the former president.

But if they want to have witnesses, I'm going to need at least over 100 depositions, not just one. The only thing that I ask-- if you vote for witnesses, do not handcuff me by limiting the number of witnesses that I can have. I need to do a thorough investigation that they did not do.