End draws near in Trump impeachment trial as Democrats likely to fall short in vote

WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – President Trump’s impeachment trial reaches a climactic vote on Friday, when senators decide whether to call witnesses and prolong the historic proceeding or instead bring them to the swift conclusion that Trump wants.

Senate Democrats have been arguing throughout the two-week trial that lawmakers need to hear from witnesses like John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser. But they do not appear to have enough support from Republicans who control the chamber.

Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, who had been undecided, declared late on Thursday that further evidence in the case was unnecessary.

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