REPORT: Senate Republicans Have the Votes to Block Witnesses

  • 01/29/2020 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
REPORT: Senate Republicans Have the Votes to Block Witnesses
Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America [CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]
Previous reports painted a murky picture as to whether or not Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had the votes to block additional witnesses and swiftly end the impeachment trial of President Trump.

That question appears to be settled after McConnell met Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) this morning. 

According to Senate Republicans, McConnell resolved the issue of additional witnesses and a vote to end the trial is expected as soon as Friday.

The Hill further reports:
 

There was no discussion of witnesses at a Senate GOP lunch meeting Wednesday, which was held a couple hours after McConnell and Murkowski met for about 20 to 30 minutes.

That was seen as a sign by several senators that Democrats will fail to convince four Republicans to join them in calling for witnesses. Without a vote to hear from witnesses, the trial could end as soon as Friday. 

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Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), emerging from the lunch, said, "I think I can say the mood is good."

Braun expressed confidence that McConnell will be able to keep his conference unified enough to defeat a motion to consider subpoenas for additional witnesses and documents.

 Source: AAN
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