(Tea Party PAC) – On Friday, the Senate voted on the ongoing question as to whether or not the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump should include additional witnesses that were not present at the House impeachment inquiry.
Despite the usual defectors voting with the Dems, the GOP had the votes they needed to move on with this nightmare and put it to an end.
Looks like we can look forward to an acquittal next week!
After hours of debate, the Senate voted 51 to 49 to block the Democrat’s motion to call the new witnesses to testify, including former national security adviser John Bolton.
Last week, excerpts of Bolton’s forthcoming tell-all book were leaked, reportedly revealing that Trump had allegedly told him he wanted to withhold aid from Ukraine if they did not open an investigation into the Biden crime family.
Fox News reports on this pivotal vote in the impeachment proceedings:
After hours of debate during the day, the Senate voted 51 to 49 to block a Democratic motion to call new witnesses. The vote came after vehement demands from Democrats to call former national security adviser John Bolton to testify about the Trump-Ukraine saga.
Two Republicans — Utah Sen. Mitt Romney and Maine Sen. Susan Collins — voted with Democrats for new witnesses.
It’s unclear exactly what comes next. The final up-and-down vote — amid the widespread expectation that Trump will be acquitted in the end — could continue into next week, as senators must contend with motions and potential debate by senators on the floor or in closed session.
“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,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said in a 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,” he explained.
Naturally, the Democrats waxed hysterical.
“America will remember this day, unfortunately, where the Senate did not live up to its responsibilities, where the Senate turned away from truth and went along with a sham trial,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (D-NY) declared in a prompt presser held after Friday’s session concluded.
Trump was flying to Florida as the vote was held, and a senior administration official who was on board Air Force One at the time said that POTUS’ reaction was “calm, but pleased.”
“Nothing like applause or cheering, but just a recognition that things are clearly going in the right direction,” the official said.
Pushing the final vote to next week means it could come the same week as Iowa’s caucuses on Monday and the State of the Union address on Tuesday. A senior congressional source tells Fox News there has been no discussion about postponing State of the Union. Advance teams were crawling all over the Capitol today in preparation for Tuesday’s address.
McConnell and Schumer have not yet hammered out a proposal on how to move forward, Schumer said Friday afternoon, but signaled that Democrats may try to force a debate and put senators in a position where they’d have to defend their votes.