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The unexpected request by House impeachment managers — a team that includes two Coloradans — to issue subpoenas could extend the trial considerably. The Senate will now need to vote on subpoenaing specific people and documents.
Democratic Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper of Colorado voted in favor of issuing subpoenas. Bennet told a Capitol Hill pool reporter that “it’s appropriate” to have people testify in the impeachment trial. He added that “nobody knows” what the timeline of the trial looks like now.
“I said to somebody who was sitting next to me that it’s so rare something unexpected happens here, but now something unexpected has happened,” Bennet said.
Michael van der Veen, an attorney for Trump, said the impeachment managers’ decision to call witnesses proves Democrats did not fully investigate the case before impeaching Trump last month and beginning the trial Tuesday.
“They did not give it the proper consideration and work,” he told senators. “They didn’t put the work in that was necessary to impeach the former president. But if they want to have witnesses, I’m going to need at least over 100 depositions.”