McConnell is "Confident" that He Will Have the Votes to Block Witnesses by Friday
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According to new reports, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is "increasingly confident" that he will gain enough votes to block Democrats from bringing on additional witnesses in the Senate trial. McConnell believes that he will be able to convince moderate Republicans to vote against the Democrats' witness demands.
On Tuesday evening, the Wall Street Journal dropped a report that alleged McConnell's vote count “wasn’t where it needed to be.”
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
A vote on whether to allow witness testimony is currently scheduled for Friday.
In recent days, several Republicans have expressed a desire to hear from, at least, Bolton, whose new book, “The Room Where It Happened” apparently includes new information linking Trump’s denial of foreign aid to Ukraine with his desire to see Ukrainian officials dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. But those claims are as yet unverified, and White House lawyers, in their closing arguments in the Senate yesterday, cast doubt on Bolton’s credibility as a witness — and on whether such a claim even rises to the level of an impeachable offense.
Separately, reports surfaced that acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, could take the witness stand to dispute Bolton’s assertions, giving some Senators, in favor of removing Trump from office, pause.
The Wall Street Journal also alleged that McConnell and other Senate Republicans held a meeting on Tuesday to develop a plan to stop witnesses from testifying in the Senate trial.
Reporters however, are suggesting that McConnell is not actually concerned about bringing on additional witnesses to the trial as he is about how long it drags out for.
"I’m at the Senate and it’s clear to me, based on background conversations with several GOP senators, that McConnell is wary of calling witnesses and doesn’t want the trial to get out of control for his party. “Mitch wants this done,” said one of them," tweeted Robert Costa.
Despite the Wall Street Journal's Tuesday evening report, it appears that McConnell feels confident that he can get the votes to end the Senate trial and not call on more witnesses.
“Republicans feel increasingly confident about prevailing,” Politico reported. “In the meeting, critics of hearing from witnesses made a ‘strong’ case against voting for new evidence, according to two attendees. A third attendee who opposes new witnesses said the meeting seemed to solidify the position against new witnesses and documents: ‘I feel good.'”
A “feeling of calm had been restored” with Republicans in the Senate, Politico also said.
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