Senate trial: McConnell has votes to block Democrats’ demand for witnesses

Senate trial: McConnell has votes to block Democrats’ demand for witnesses
Susan Collins (left) and Lisa Murkowski (Images: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – As the article indicates, that doesn’t mean there wouldn’t be witnesses; it means the witness list presented by Senate Democrats wouldn’t be a condition of holding the trial.  After reviewing the House “evidence,” the Senate could then decide if it wants to call witnesses.]

Even though the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has held onto the articles of impeachment. She has continually demanded that the Senate impeachment trial is “fair,” which Democrats argue means calling witnesses to testify.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has refused to comply with the Democrats’ demands, especially since the Senate is under his control, not Nancy’s. The Democrats needed four Republicans to vote in line with them in order to call witnesses. But it’s looking like that won’t be happening after all.

According to The Hill, McConnell has the votes to keep the Senate trial short, meaning new witness testimony and documents would not be included. Two of the moderate Republicans – Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) – are voting siding with McConnell.

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