With McConnell-Led GOP Cover-Up for Trump Looming, Voters Urged to Call Senators to Demand Fair Trial

Voters were encouraged this week to pressure their senators to hold a fair impeachment trial following Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s announcement Tuesday he had enough votes to avoid calling new witnesses, as Democrats had demanded.

The Kentucky Republican, who said last month the trial would happen in “total coordination” with the White House, has been accused of plotting a cover-up for President Donald Trump. The House impeached the president Dec. 18 for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress following testimony from diplomats and other government officials on Trump’s attempt to bribe the Ukrainian government to announce an investigation into Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, one of Trump’s rivals in the 2020 presidential race. 

The impeachment trial cannot begin until the House sends over the articles of impeachment to the upper chamber; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has held onto the articles in a bid to pressure the Senate to commit to a transparent process.

Demands for transparency and allowance of new witnesses increased Monday after Trump’s former national security advisor John Bolton announced he would testify before the Senate if issued a subpoena. Greg Sargent opined at The Washington Post Tuesday that there “is a reasonable possibility that Bolton has a level of direct knowledge of Trump’s thinking and motives in freezing military aid to Ukraine—one of the most corrupt acts at the core of this whole scandal—that exceeds that of any other living human being.”

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) expressed frustration Wednesday with the Republicans’ apparent efforts to bar potentially damning testimony.

 “The cover-up that Senator McConnell is engineering here has to be broken at some point and my colleagues will be put on record whether they are going to be part of aiding and abetting the Trump-McConnell cover-up,” Blumenthal told reporters. 

Politico reported Tuesday: