(Tea Party PAC) – On Thursday night, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) who had been seen as one of the Senate’s “swing voters” announced how he will vote on the motion to bring additional witnesses into the Senate’s impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
“I worked with other senators to make sure that we have the right to ask for more documents and witnesses, but there is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the United States Constitution’s high bar for an impeachable offense,” Alexander said in a statement, according to Breitbart.
“There is no need for more evidence to conclude that the president withheld United States aid, at least in part, to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens; the House managers have proved this with what they call a ‘mountain of overwhelming evidence,’” he continued.
“There is no need to consider further the frivolous second article of impeachment that would remove the president for asserting his constitutional prerogative to protect confidential conversations with his close advisers.”
The Tennesse Republican, who is retiring, will most likely tip the scales in the GOP’s attempt to prevent further witnesses and evidence to be submitted on Friday’s much-anticipated vote, which will take place this afternoon.
This means that we can likely expect the trail to come to a close sooner than later.
51 votes are needed to impel witnesses or a tie-breaking vote from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in the event of a 50-50 split between Senators.
The development comes amid calls from Democrats to hear from former White House National Security Advisor John Bolton. On Sunday, the New York Times reported his forthcoming book alleges that President Trump sought to link U.S. military aid to Ukraine to investigations into allegations of corruption against former Vice President and 2020 Democrat candidate Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter Biden. President Trump has denied the allegations, calling them categorically “false” while meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office Wednesday. Earlier Wednesday, President Trump slammed Bolton in a pair of tweets, accusing him of writing a “nasty & untrue book” about his tenure in the White House.
Before the conclusion of Thursday’s question and answer period, Alexander and fellow moderate Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK) submitted a question asking that, were former White House National Security Advisor John Bolton to testify, “isn’t it true that the allegations would not rise to an impeachable offense” and “his testimony would add nothing?”
Collins, in a rather predictably break with the overwhelming majority of her party’s Senators, Announced that she will vote for witnesses “the most sensible way to proceed.”
“I believe hearing from certain witnesses would give each side the opportunity to more fully and fairly make their case, resolve any ambiguities, and provide additional clarity. Therefore, I will vote in support of the motion to allow witnesses and documents to be subpoenaed,” the Maine Republican said in a statement.
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) January 31, 2020
“If this motion passes, I believe that the most sensible way to proceed would be for the House Managers and the President’s attorneys to attempt to agree on a limited and equal number of witnesses for each side. If they can’t agree, then the Senate could choose the number of witnesses,” she added.
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