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John Kelly: Impeach Trial Without Witnesses 'Half A Trial'

By    |   Friday, 31 January 2020 10:45 PM EST

A Senate vote to end President Donald Trump’s impeachment without calling witnesses is “half a trial,” former White House chief of staff John Kelly said Friday.

In an interview with NJ Advance Media before the Senate voted against any witnesses at the trial, Kelly warned senators would “kind of leave themselves open to a lot of criticism.”

“It seems it was half a trial,” Kelly said.

According to a Quinnipiac University poll, three-quarters of U.S. voters supported calling witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial, with 20% opposed.

“If I was advising the United States Senate, I would say, 'If you don’t respond to 75% of the American voters and have witnesses, it’s a job only half done,” he said. “You open yourself up forever as a Senate that shirks its responsibilities.”

Kelly also suggested that once the impeachment trial ends Trump should invite the congressional leaders of both parties to the White House and move ahead on issues such as infrastructure.

“If I was there, I’d recommend the president have leadership over and say, ‘OK, now that this is behind us, let’s talk,’” Kelly told the news outlet. “We can maybe take a breath over the weekend and make a commitment to each other. It would be such a wonderful outreach.”

But with the next presidential election just 10 months away, “it’s unlikely to happen,” he said.

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