Ted Cruz says additional witnesses for Trump impeachment trial still ‘not necessary’

Sen. Ted Cruz said late Monday following reports of Ukraine-related revelations in an as-yet-unreleased book by former national security adviser John Bolton that there still is no need to call additional witnesses in President Trump’s Senate’s impeachment trial.

“Look in my view, additional witnesses are not necessary,” said the Texas Republican, according to Fox News. “The House managers have presented their case. They haven’t come remotely close to meeting their burden of proof.”

The New York Times reported  that Bolton, in his new book, claims President Trump told him specifically he wanted to withhold military aid from Ukraine until the country agreed to investigate corruption allegations involving former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

The president has denied he said any such thing.

As for witnesses, Cruz said if senators want to call more witnesses than the House called during the impeachment inquiry last fall, he would agree to that with conditions.

“…[I]f the Senate later this week when we vote, decides to go down that road to additional witnesses, I think at a minimum, the most important witness for the Senate to hear from, is now Hunter Biden,” he said, according to Fox News.

“In the entire proceeding, we have heard just the beginning of the serious evidence of corruption involving Burisma, the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, a million dollars a year,” Cruz added.

“I get that the press loves to obsess over the latest [Bolton] bombshell,” the Texas Republican and former state solicitor general continued. “Listen, I don’t know what John Bolton’s book says or doesn’t say. I’ve seen the New York Times coverage but at the end of the day, it doesn’t impact the legal issue before this Senate.

“The legal issue before this Senate is whether a president has the authority to investigate corruption. So the House managers built their entire case on the proposition that investigating Burisma corruption, investigating the Bidens for corruption, was baseless and a sham,” said Cruz.

“The proposition is absurd.”

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