UPDATE 3 - US Senate Rejects Schumer Amendments To Subpoena White House For Trump-Ukraine Documents

WASHINGTON (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 22nd January, 2020) The US Senate rejected Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's amendments to subpoena the White House for documents and records related to the Trump administration's dealing with congressionally approved security aid for the Ukraine.

The Senate voted 53-47 on Tuesday afternoon to block Schumer's effort to add the amendment to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's resolution that sets the rules for the Trump impeachment trial.

Later on Tuesday evening, the Senate voted 53-47 to reject a second Schumer amendment seeking to subpoena the State Department for certain documents and records related to the Trump-Ukraine case.

The Senate also rejected on Tuesday evening another Schumer amendment seeking to subpoena the Office of Management and Budget for documents related to the Trump-Ukraine case.

After the three Democratic amendments were rejected, Schumer offered an amendment for a subpoena of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.

"I just demanded a vote on calling as a witness Mick Mulvaney, President Trump's Acting White House Chief of Staff. Will Senate Republicans vote with us for a fair trial? Or will they keep enabling a cover-up like they've done all day by voting against our requests for documents?" Schumer wrote on Twitter late on Tuesday.

Nonetheless, Schumer's fourth amendment, to subpoena Mulvaney, was blocked by the Senate, which voted 53-47 to reject it. The New York Times said that Mulvaney could be summoned later.

The Trump defense plans to argue that the House of Representatives impeachment charges - obstruction of Congress and abuse of office - are invalid because the US president broke no laws.

If McConnell's resolution is adopted later on Tuesday evening, then both sides will have 24 hours to present their arguments over the period of three days. The Senate would also decide later in the trial whether to allow subpoenas for certain documents and witnesses related to the case.