WASHINGTON — Two key swing votes in President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial will not support a vote for witnesses, which will happen today.
In a statement, Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander said House Democrats have already established Trump acted inappropriately, and additional evidence isn’t necessary. But he said impeachment isn’t the proper remedy. He argued that the American voters should decide Trump’s fate in November’s election.
On Friday, Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski announced she too would vote against witnesses, saying, “Given the partisan nature of this impeachment from the very beginning and throughout, I have come to the conclusion that there will be no fair trial in the Senate. I don’t believe the continuation of this process will change anything.” She declared, “The Congress has failed.”
Maine Republican Susan Collins also released a statement saying she will vote to allow witnesses and pertinent documents that have been blocked by the White House.
White House counsel Pat Cipollone agreed with Sen. Alexander on Thursday, saying voters should decide who is president in November. Cipollone argued that House Democrats want to significantly slow down Trump’s impeachment trial with calls for witnesses.
Congressman Adam Schiff claims there is no question about what President Trump did in the Ukraine scandal. During the question-and-answer portion of the Senate impeachment trial, the California Democrat said Trump clearly tried to cheat by soliciting a foreign government to help him win re-election.
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