Moments ago, the Senate voted down Senate Majority leader’s sixth proposed impeachment amendment along a party line vote of 53-47.
This is the identical result as Schumer’s first 5 amendments.
Schumer’s sixth Schumer amendment was to issue subpoenas to Robert Blair, a senior aide to acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney — and Michael Duffey — the Office of Management and Budget associate director for national security programs.
Ted Cruz tweeted “The Sixth Amendment provides the accused the right “to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.” Note that the Sixth Amendment does not apply to the prosecution; it protects only the accused.”
Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX) made the Democrat’s case for why Blair and Duffey should be subpoenaed and claimed “Blair and Duffey were directly involved in executing the president’s order” to freeze Ukrainian aid.
Per Fox News, White House legal advisor Pam Bondi took a stand to correct Sylvia Garcia’s account that Duffey and Blair failed to testify, but says the House would not allow agency council to appear with Duffey or Blair. “The House took not action with their subpoenas now they want you to take action,” says Bondi. “The House took no action with the subpoenas for Duffey or Blair because they did not want to tell them they were trampling on their constitutional rights.”
The Senate tables the sixth Democratic amendment by the familiar 53-47 vote. Schumer offers a new amendment. "It's short," he says.
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) January 22, 2020
The Sixth Amendment provides the accused the right "to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense." Note that the Sixth Amendment does not apply to the prosecution; it protects only the accused.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 21, 2020