Chuck Schumer has no real say in the impeachment trial. Same goes with Adam Schiff. Senate rules according to the majority. The Senate has 53 Republicans and 47 Democrats.
The trial is actually just beginning. However, everyone knows exactly how this trial will end – 53 for acquital, and 47 for guilty. There is no chance in hell to convict the president. It is not a matter of the evidence not being strong enough; it is a matter that the Republicans control the Senate and it takes a two-thirds majority to convict a President. Never been done in our history, and this will be the third time impeachment has ended in acquittal.
It takes 4 Republican Senators to leap over the fence and join Democrats in calling for witnesses. There’s a ton of speculation out there, and personally I don’t think it will happen. I can see very well why Democrats are pushing for witnesses. Adam Schiff provided a history of impeachment trials against federal judges and two presidents (Clinton and Andrew Johnson), and every trial had witnesses. I think the average was around 20 witnesses. I think Schumer recognized he had to cut back his list so Mulvaney, Blair and Duffey (see last post) no longer seem front and center. If called to testify, Mulvaney would have to walk back his press conference comment admitting to a quid pro quo when asked, making it even worse with “We do it all the time.” Mulvaney is Trump’s right hand man, getting Michael Duffey to alert the Defense Department of the hold on Ukrainian aid and for them to keep the hold secret immediately following Trump’s call.
Bolton’s testimony will be a lot more straight forward. Every conversation that Bolton had with Trump and his staff including Fiona Hill, Tim Morrison, Marie Yovanavitch, David Holmes, Bill Taylor and Ambassador Sondland would be collaborated. His testimony would further corroborates Rudy Giuliani involvement. Both Mulvaney and Bolton were in the room with Trump, but only John Bolton appears to willingly testify. The hold was orchestrated by Mulvaney despite being opposed by John Bolton.
Schumer and Schiff are using cable TV broadcasts to argue for the necessity of witnesses, most notably CNN and MSNBC. Meanwhile, Republicans Senators and the White House Legal Counsel generally goes on Fox News and OAN (One American News) to blast Democrats on this issue. One argument is that the Democrats failed in the House to get all witnesses, so now they are trying to get them in the Senate. Of course, they tried to have many more witnesses in the House, but the invited witnesses, such as Bolton, declined the invitation or subpoenas.
Schumer is under pressure also to conclude the trial because Sanders, Klobuchar and Warren must attend the trial and cannot campaign in Iowa. I believe this is the real motivation right now to zero in on getting Bolton to testify in one short explosive session. Four hours of Bolton beats 12 hours of Schiff on cable TV.