Yes, every past impeachment trial included witnesses. Baldwin hits mark with Trump-related claim | PolitiFact Wisconsin
Democrats say avoiding witnesses would be tantamount to a cover-up.
And Wisconsin’s Democratic senator, Tammy Baldwin, said it would also be breaking with centuries of tradition.
“Every other impeachment trial the Senate has ever had, including those for other federal officials aside from the two presidential impeachments … has included witnesses,” Baldwin said in a Jan. 19, 2020, appearance on WISN-TV’s ‘UpFront’ program.
Have witnesses really been called in every other Senate impeachment?
Let’s break out the history books.
Senate has held 15 impeachment trials
The Senate has held just two prior impeachment trials against presidents — Bill Clinton in 1999 and Andrew Johnson in 1868. Both included witnesses.
The Senate heard testimony from 41 witnesses in the Johnson proceeding, and three for Clinton, including Monica Lewinsky. In the Clinton case, House managers obtained depositions from the witnesses and excerpts of that testimony were shown to the Senate, the Washington Post reported.