Schiff Rules Out ‘Fantasy Football’ Witness Trade
House Intelligence Committee Chairman and Impeachment Manager Adam Schiff (D-CA) told reporters Wednesday that he wouldn’t support any witness “fantasy football” trading in the Senate impeachment trial.
“This isn’t like some fantasy football trade as I said yesterday. This isn’t we’ll offer you this, if you’ll give us that. We’ll offer you a witness that is irrelevant and immaterial who has no testimony, but a witness who will allow us to smear a presidential candidate if you want to get a legitimate witness. That’s not a trade. Trials aren’t trades for witnesses,” Schiff said.
He continued, “We offered last night to have the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court rule on a question of materiality for any of the witnesses and you know something not surprisingly the President’s team was vehemently opposed, not because the President’s team doesn’t trust the Chief Justice to make an impartial decision, but because they do trust the chief justice to make an impartial decision about materiality. That’s not what they want.”
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that a few Senate Democrats were said to be weighing a witness exchange meaning they would have a key Trump administration official and former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden both testify, according to Democratic officials who anonymously spoke to the paper.
“These Democrats said they believe having Hunter — or possibly Joe Biden — testify could backfire on Trump and the GOP, giving Biden and the party a platform to strike back and paint Republicans and the White House as obsessed with trying to damage one of Trump’s 2020 presidential rivals,” the report noted.
Wednesday marks the second day of arguments in the Senate. The Senate concluded the first day of arguments well after midnight Wednesday morning. From there, Senators will have sixteen hours for written questions with four hours of debate time. The decision to call other witnesses will then be made. Finally, the Senate will vote on the impeachment articles.