Senate GOP Not Expected to Call Hunter Biden to Testify in Impeachment Trial

By Melanie Arter | December 10, 2019 | 2:55pm EST

Don’t expect former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, to be called in for the Senate’s impeachment trial. In fact, Republicans may not call any witnesses in an effort to move things along to a vote in the Senate, the Washington Examiner reported Tuesday.

“Here’s what I want to avoid: this thing going on longer than it needs to,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told the Washington Examiner. “I want to end this.”

“At that point, I would expect that most members would be ready to vote and wouldn’t need more information,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) was quoted as saying. “Many people have their minds pretty well made up.”

House Democrats introduced articles of impeachment Tuesday, setting the ground work for a vote on impeachment in the House before Christmas. Then it’s over to the Senate for an impeachment trial in January.

Meanwhile, a group of 10 Democrats from districts that voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 are floating the idea of censuring the president of impeaching him, Politico reports.

Those lawmakers include: Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.), and Ben McAdams (D-Utah.).

“I think it’s certainly appropriate and might be a little more bipartisan, who knows,” Schrader was quoted as saying Tuesday when asked about the possibility of a censure resolution.  “Time’s slipping by.”

Reps. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Jeff Van Drew (D-N.J.), who hail from Trump districts have gone on record saying they oppose the House’s impeachment inquiry.


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