Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) predicted on Tuesday, Jan. 14, during an interview with Fox News’s “America’s Newsroom” that the Senate impeachment trial will end with an acquittal, adding that he is open to Senate calling more witnesses.
“Dismissal throws the case out without reaching a verdict,” Cruz said. “We’re going to reach a verdict, and the verdict is going to be acquittal. The verdict is going to be not guilty because on the face of it, the articles of impeachment don’t meet the constitutional standard.”
Cruz said that the Senate trial would mirror the Clinton impeachment trial, allowing both sides a “full and fair opportunity” to present their cases.
When asked about the possibility of the Senate calling witnesses, Cruz said he thinks that will be “a hotly debated question within the Senate.”
“That means if the prosecution gets to call a witness, the defense should come as well,” he said. “If the prosecution gets to call [former National Security Adviser] John Bolton, then the president should be able to call [former Vice President Joe Biden’s son] Hunter Biden. It ought to be fair and even and respect due process. That’s the way any fair proceeding should be conducted.”
Separately, Cruz said on Tuesday on the “Hugh Hewitt Show” that the Senate should let President Trump call witnesses in his defense, including the whistleblower who triggered the whole impeachment inquiry.
“House Democrats this time decided it was only going to be one-sided. They’d only bring prosecution witnesses. They wouldn’t allow the White House to cross-examine them. And so it was entirely a one-sided deck of cards,” he said. “If the [White House] wants to call Hunter Biden, if the [White House] wants to call the whistleblower, due process dictates that [President Trump]he has the opportunity to present his defense.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democrats are seeking high-profile witnesses, including White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and John Bolton who said that he was “prepared to testify” last week.
Cruz’s comments came after Pelosi told lawmakers that she will transmit two articles of impeachment—abuse of power and obstruction of Congress—to the Senate this week. A House vote on sending the two articles is expected Wednesday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who insisted that there was no need for any additional witnesses at the Senate trial, said that the impeachment proceedings would continue next Tuesday.
NEW: Sen. Mitch McConnell says “the House is likely to finally send the articles over to us tomorrow,” allowing Senate to take steps “which would set us up to begin the actual trial next Tuesday.” https://t.co/fdEcqTc9du pic.twitter.com/Nzi67s5Zj8
— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) January 14, 2020