CONWAY: The second is the Party-line votes on witnesses, the Party-line votes on witnesses. This is a trial. This is a trial where they should want to hear the evidence. If everyone is so sure, if they’re so sure that the evidence will exonerate President Trump then, yeah, let’s hear from John Bolton. We should hear from Pompeo. We should hear from Mulvaney.
Conway goes on to explain that yes, none of this makes sense.
CONWAY: Absolutely. They have no justification not to. I mean, when you get to a trial, you’re entitled to issue trial subpoenas. And even before that, even in a criminal case, you’re entitled to issue pre-trial discovery—both sides—even if evidence has been heard before a grand jury. You know, the United States against Nixon, a famous case that dealt with executive privilege back in 1974, involved pre-trial discovery where the defendants had already been indicted.
Tapper brings up the statements of Mitch McConnell who has said this trial should exist with no witnesses or much of anything. Conway points out that the Senate has the power and the “obligation” to try to get to the bottom of these criminal complaints against the president.
CONWAY: That’s what this is. That’s what a trial is for, and their job is to hear the evidence. Hear all of it. Not some of it, or none of it—which seems to be the way they are going.
Tapper, having now exhausted all avenues of discussion here, since the issue is clear, asks Conway again: what’s the deal with these Republicans?
CONWAY: What are they afraid of? They must be afraid of something. That's the thing that I find most disturbing about it, is they don't want to hear the evidence because they know the truth. They know he's guilty. And they don’t want to hear the evidence because they don’t want the American people to see the evidence.