John Kelly: Impeachment Without Witnesses Is Only “Half A Trial”

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Former chief of staff John Kelly said the Senate should call witnesses or be viewed as shirking its responsibilities.

President Donald Trump’s former chief of staff recently told that by failing to call witnesses, the Senate would conduct “half a trial” in the impeachment of the president.

Axios reported that John Kelly’s comment came as he was in New Jersey for a speaking event. "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,” Kelly said. “You open yourself up forever as a Senate that shirks its responsibilities."

“It seems it was half a trial,” he added.

Kelly said previously that he believes the account of former National Security Adviser John Bolton, who reportedly claims in his new book that Trump told him he “withheld congressionally approved aid to Ukraine to pressure their government into investigating political rival Joe Biden.”

But once impeachment is over, Kelly said, he hopes Trump will gather leadership from both parties and attempt to put the ordeal behind them in order to move forward on issues like infrastructure.

However, with the 2020 election right around the corner, Kelly said that “it’s unlikely to happen.”

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