Senate rejects motion for witnesses at Trump impeachment trial — last hurdle before all but certain acquittal

President Trump waves as he and First Lady Melania Trump leave the White House on Friday.
President Trump waves as he and First Lady Melania Trump leave the White House on Friday. (ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

Senate Republicans killed a bipartisan effort to call witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial Friday, clearing the way for a virtually certain acquittal of the commander-in-chief and putting the proceeding on track to become the shortest, least transparent one in American history.

In a 49-51 vote, the GOP-controlled chamber rejected a motion that would have allowed senators to consider subpoenas of witnesses and records withheld from House impeachment investigators as part of Trump’s all-out stonewalling campaign.

Two Republicans — Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah — defected and voted with the Senate’s 47 Democrats in favor of calling outstanding witnesses like former national security adviser John Bolton, whose forthcoming book has landed like a bombshell in the impeachment trial.

Read more here: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-senate-trump-impeachment-trial-20200131-mtna4wfhpbakrlrzhymqjmt47y-story.html

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