Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) suggested a suspension of Donald Trump's impeachment trial to investigate whether one of the former president's impeachment lawyers lied on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
"At no point was the President informed the Vice President was in any danger. Because the House rushed through this impeachment...there's nothing at all in the record on this point," defense lawyer Michael van der Veen claimed.
That conflicts with a statement by Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) that he told Trump that Mike Pence was being evacuated -- at a time before Trump attacked his VP on Twitter.
Whitehouse, a member of the Judiciary Committee who served as the attorney general and United States Attorney in Rhode Island, posted a thread on Twitter explaining how the question could be resolved.
"One way to clear it up? Suspend trial to depose McCarthy and Tuberville under oath and get facts. Ask Secret Service to produce for review comms back to White House re VP Pence safety during siege," he suggested.
"What did Trump know, and when did he know it?" Whitehouse wondered.
Here is his thread:
A review of Trump’s abominable lawyers in which the authors did not yet know about evident lies. Pretty damning stu… https://t.co/jiFJeseyj8— Sheldon Whitehouse (@Sheldon Whitehouse)1613189183.0
One way to clear it up? Suspend trial to depose McCarthy and Tuberville under oath and get facts. Ask Secret Servic… https://t.co/fXd2aD06ju— Sheldon Whitehouse (@Sheldon Whitehouse)1613189184.0