US House chief demands clarity on Senate conduct ahead of Trump impeachment

WASHINGTON, US House speaker Nancy Pelosi maintained the stance that she would not allow impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump to proceed at the Senate until clarification is made on whether certain witnesses will testify.

“President Trump blocked his own witnesses and documents from the House and from the American people on phony complaints about the House process. What is his excuse now?,” tweeted the Democratic Party lawmaker.

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, also a Democrat, insisted that White House staff, currently being prevented from testifying, carry “relevant documentary evidence.” Their testimonies will “augment the existing evidentiary record and will allow Senators to reach judgments informed by all of the available facts,” he argued in a letter to fellow Senators.

On the other hand, Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has accused the House speaker of manipulating the proceedings.

“Apparently believes that she can tell us how to run the trial,” he told Fox News.

For his part, President Trump continues to slam the planned investigation into dual abuse of power and obstruction articles, over his alleged withholding of US aid to Ukraine in return for the country’s investigation of an election rival.

“Pelosi gives us the most unfair trial in the history of the US Congress,” he said in his own tweet.

Source: Kuwait News Agency