Senate rejects calling witnesses in Trump impeachment trial, pushing one step closer to acquittal vote

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WASHINGTON (AP/WEHT/ABC) — Senate rejects calling witnesses in Trump impeachment trial, pushing one step closer to acquittal vote.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) released this statement following the vote:

“A majority of the U.S. Senate has determined that the numerous witnesses and 28,000-plus pages of documents already in evidence are sufficient to judge the House Managers’ accusations and end this impeachment trial.

There is no need for the Senate to re-open the investigation which the House Democratic majority chose to conclude and which the Managers themselves continue to describe as “overwhelming” and “beyond any doubt.” Never in Senate history has this body paused an impeachment trial to pursue additional witnesses with unresolved questions of executive privilege that would require protracted litigation. We have no interest in establishing such a new precedent, particularly for individuals whom the House expressly chose not to pursue.

Senators will now confer among ourselves, with the House Managers, and with the President’s counsel to determine next steps as we prepare to conclude the trial in the coming days.”

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(This story was originally published on January 31, 2020)

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