Democrats are having a field day after Trump’s lawyers accidentally made the strongest case to call witnesses in his impeachment trial , President Donald Trump’s defense team repeatedly argued on Saturday that there isn’t enough evidence ,
To impeach him because Congress hasn’t heard from any witnesses who had “direct contact” with the president. Democratic lawmakers seized on those statements, saying they underscore the need to call more firsthand witnesses in Trump’s trial.
Moreover, while Trump’s lawyers complain of not hearing testimony from direct witnesses, the defense could easily solve that problem by retracting Trump’s sweeping directive barring all executive branch officials across six agencies from cooperating with Congress’ impeachment inquiry.
“The president’s counsel did something that they did not intend: they made a really compelling case for why the Senate should call witnesses and documents,” Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said after opening arguments on Saturday.
Republicans, meanwhile, say that if the evidence against Trump is as overwhelming as House Democrats say it is, the Senate doesn’t need to call new witnesses. Democrats argue that while they have more than enough to impeach Trump, they still haven’t heard from ,
Senior executive branch officials closest to the president who could shed more light on his efforts to pressure Ukraine into interfering in the 2020 election. But on Saturday, Trump’s lawyers seemed to bolster Democrats’ case by repeatedly claiming that they hadn’t heard from a single witness who had “direct contact” with the president.
Although their statements were misleading (Gordon Sondland, the US’s ambassador to the European Union, was in frequent touch with Trump and testified to Congress that the president engaged in a quid pro quo with Ukraine), Democratic lawmakers noted that the comments underscored the need to hear from more firsthand witnesses.