Schumer continued: "President Trump, if you are so confident you did nothing wrong: why won't you let your men testify?"
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A new report revealing more of acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's role in withholding aid to Ukraine - and efforts by top Trump administration officials to get that money released - is a "game changer" that shows the need for witness testimony in the president's impeachment trial, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday.
"This new story shows that all four witnesses we requested from the Senate Democrats were closely involved and had direct knowledge of President Trump".
During a White House press conference in October, Mulvaney said Trump held up an aid package to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into an unsubstantiated theory that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, was responsible for hacking Democratic Party emails in 2016.
"I am simply making an attempt to tie up some unfastened ends", Mulvaney wrote in a June 27 electronic mail, in response to the Occasions.
Blair reportedly responded that it was possible but warned him to "expect Congress to become unhinged", and further the narrative that the president was pro-Russia, the report said. Democrats have accused the president of "putting pressure" on Zelensky to investigate 2020 Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden and his son's potential corruption crimes in Ukraine. Trump said in mid-December that McConnell could decide whether there would be witnesses in the upper chamber trial.
"When you combine these new revelations with the explosive emails from Michael Duffey released last weekend, it makes the strongest case yet for a Senate trial to include the witnesses and documents we have requested", Schumer said. "This new reporting shows that there were serious concerns raised by Trump administration officials about the propriety and legality of what the President was doing".
The White House blocked Mulvaney, Pompeo, Esper, Vought, Bolton, Blair and others from testifying or turning over documents to House impeachment investigators.
Though Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not yet delivered the Articles of Impeachment for a Senate trial. "Will the Senate hold a fair trial or will it enable a cover-up?"
The impeachment inquiry was launched against Trump earlier in September, following a whistleblower complaint about alleged "abuse of power" on the part of Trump during his 25 July call with the Ukranian leader Vladimir Zelensky.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing, repeatedly dismissing the impeachment inquiry as a witch hunt aimed at reversing the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.