Democrat Senator Mazie Hirono (HI) admitted to CNN’s Jake Tapper on Monday that House Democrats should have done more discovery before passing articles of impeachment and sending them to the Senate.
Tapper asked Hirono whether she agreed with following the Clinton impeachment precedent on testimony, where it was done behind closed doors and excerpts of videotapes were shown to Senators.
“If we’re following the Clinton precedent, there would have been all of the discovery done at the house level and that’s not what is happening at all,” Hirono said in an attack on her own party, albeit in the House.
Hirono also said that the Senate trial rules were a “huge departure” from the Clinton precedent because of the lack of witnesses, even though witnesses were not called in the Senate at this stage in the process.
She accused Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) of attempting “to limit the information that is produced for our consideration and to the American public.”
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