House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) will be called as a witness in a Senate impeachment trial, which will be held if the House votes to impeach President Donald Trump.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said hed call Schiff to testify during an appearance on Fox Newss “Hannity” late Nov. 13.
Graham also said he wouldnt let a trial of Trump be based on hearsay evidence alone. A trial would also not be held if the whistleblower doesnt testify, he said.
“Lets say they get 218 votes. Heres what I promise the country. Were not going to try the president of the United States based on hearsay. So any resolution setting up a trial in the Senate, Im going to make sure that hearsay cannot be the basis of an impeachment allegation,” Graham told host Sean Hannity.
“If you invoke the hearsay rule, what would be left?”
“A trial in the Senate, to me, should not legitimize whats going on in the House. No American is denied the right to call witnesses on their behalf, except for Donald Trump. No American is accused of wrongdoing anonymously, except Donald Trump. What theyre doing in the House is a danger to the presidency itself,” Graham continued.
“So any trial in the Senate needs to make sure that you cant impeach a president based on hearsay, because thats a danger to the presidency itself. And secondly, any trial in the Senate must expose the whistleblower so the president can confront his accuser. I will not accept a trial in the Senate until I know who the whistleblower is.”
A trial in the Senate is held if a president is impeached by the House. The trial is presided over by the chief justice of the Supreme Court. If the Senate convicts the president, he is removed from office; if it does not, he remains in office. No president has ever been convicted of impeachment. Conviction requires a two-thirds concurrence of those present.
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