President Donald Trump accused Democrats of avoiding an impeachment trial in the Senate in order to protect Joe Biden as well as his son Hunter, who served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company during Joe Biden’s time as vice president, which has recently come under scrutiny.
The president took to his social media account as the world continues to wait to hear when and if the Senate trial will indeed happen. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA) has held back the two articles of impeachment which were abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, that were passed by the House in December.
Pelosi and Senate Democrats are seeking a guarantee from Republicans that a Senate trial will include several witnesses, including acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton, who have both declined to participate in the House impeachment proceedings. The Democrats are also requesting the release of documents related to Trump’s supposed conduct towards Ukraine, which the White House has refused to provide due to the circus in the House.
“The Democrats will do anything to avoid a trial in the Senate in order to protect Sleepy Joe Biden, and expose the millions and millions of dollars that ‘Where’s’ Hunter, & possibly Joe, were paid by companies and countries for doing NOTHING,” Trump said via his social media account. “Joe wants no part of this mess!”
The president has already indicated that a Senate trial must include the Bidens as witnesses, as well as the anonymous whistleblower, whose complaint started the impeachment inquiry.
While Trump made social media posts from his Florida home on New Year’s Eve, it was obvious it was still unclear when a trial might start in the Republican-led Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-KY) is standing firm and insisting that senators hear opening statements by House impeachment managers and attorneys for Trump before deciding whether to allow either side to call witnesses. McConnell also said that it would be fine with him if Pelosi never transmits the articles of impeachment and a trial is not held.
In order to secure the witnesses they want to testify without McConnell’s approval, Senate Democrats would have to persuade at least four Republican senators to vote with them.
When asked about his position on what he would do in response to a subpoena to testify in a Senate trial, Joe Biden struggled with a clear answer. Early Saturday, he suggested he would defy such a subpoena and refuse to appear. Later in the day, he changed his stance and said he would abide by “any subpoena that was sent to me.”
The former vice president, however, insisted that there was no “legal basis” for him to be called as a witness in Trump’s impeachment proceedings. Republicans disagree, and think it is completely relevant to discuss the issue of the Bidens’ involvement in Ukraine and whether Trump abused his power when he asked Zelensky to launch an investigation into their seemingly shady dealings.
Lawmakers are scheduled to return to Washington next week.