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Should Trump officials testify during Trump's impeachment trial?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected the possibility Trump officials appearing during President Trump's impeachment trial. Democrats have repeatedly called on Mick Mulvaney, John Bolton, and two other officials to testify in order to get their first-hand knowledge of Trump's interactions with Ukraine. However, the White House blocked the Trump officials from testifying in the House investigation—saying they refuse to cooperate with what they say is a sham investigation and witch hunt. What do you think?

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One of the biggest criticisms Republicans leveled at Democrats during the House impeachment hearings is that none of the witnesses saw first hand Trump's interactions with Ukraine. That's because the Trump administration blocked officials like Mulvaney and Bolton from coming before Congress during the impeachment hearings. In fact, the White House refused to cooperate entirely—a stark departure from the norm. Even the Nixon Administration cooperated eventually.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is proposing a format similar to President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial. With that proposal, he suggested witnesses from the White House including Mulvaney and Bolton be brought in front of the Senate. Americans deserve to hear first hand from the Trump administration. If Republicans are right that Trump did nothing, and even if he did do something it wasn't wrong, then hearing Mulvaney and Bolton testify should only help their case.

“Trials have witnesses. That’s what trials are all about,” Schumer told reporters at a press conference on Monday. “To engage a trial without the facts coming out is to engage in a cover-up.”
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If Trump truly did nothing as Republicans claim, they should have no issues with Bolton and Mulvaney testifying. 

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Republicans say impeachment is a last-ditch attempt by Democrats to undo President Trump's election win in 2016. From the beginning, Democrats have been calling for impeachment over every single action Trump has taken. This is another case of that. Republicans argue Democrats rushed the impeachment hearings and built a flimsy case.

There's no reason for Republicans to go along with a sham trial. It's not their job to help Democrats score a political win. Here's how McConnell put it:

“The fact that my colleague is already desperate to sign up the Senate for new fact-finding . . . suggests something to me,” McConnell said of Schumer.
“It suggests that even Democrats who do not like this president are beginning to realize how dramatically insufficient the House’s rushed process has been,” he said. “If House Democrats’ case is this deficient, this thin, the answer is not for the judge and jury to cure it over here in the Senate. The answer is that the House should not impeach on this basis in the first place.”
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At the end of the day, it's not up to Republicans to fix the mistakes Democrats made. Republicans have been saying the process has been rushed by Democrats—maybe they should have listened earlier. 

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