The Senate faces a pivotal vote Friday afternoon on whether to call witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.
In a climactic moment Thursday night, Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, a key Republican swing vote on the question of whether to call ex-national security adviser John Bolton and other witnesses, said he would not support the additional testimony because, while the House managers had proven their case, he did not believe the charges against Trump met the constitutional standard for an impeachable offense.
Then, on Friday, another swing vote, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, said she was against calling witnesses, citing the ‘rushed and flawed’ House process and what she called the unlikelihood of a fair trial in the Senate. Her decision likely dooms the Democrats’ push for more testimony.
Senate leaders Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told their caucus members about a proposed deal that would culminate in a vote to acquit Trump on Wednesday, multiple sources told NBC News, although Schumer later said “there is no agreement” between the two leaders.
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