Senate Votes Against Witnesses, CNN Announces ‘Trump Won! He’s Going to Get Acquitted!’
The Senate voted against the resolution to call witnesses on Friday evening, a major step towards an acquittal for President Trump.
The Democrats, joined with Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), voted in the losing motion of 51-49. The vote came after Democrats demanded to call on former National Security Advisor John Bolton to testify.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told reporters there isn’t a need for the Senate to “reopen the investigation which the House Democratic majority chose to conclude and which the Managers themselves continue to describe as ‘overwhelming’ and ‘beyond any doubt.’”
“Never in Senate history has this body paused an impeachment trial to pursue additional witnesses with unresolved questions of executive privilege that would require protracted litigation,” McConnell said in a statement. “We have no interest in establishing such a new precedent, particularly for individuals whom the House expressly chose not to pursue.”
McConnell said the trial should be concluded in days.
A majority of the U.S. Senate has determined that the numerous witnesses and 28,000-plus pages of documents already in evidence are sufficient to judge the House Managers’ accusations and end this impeachment trial.— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) January 31, 2020
My full statement: https://t.co/SmXFoME7TO
After the motion to call on witnesses was rejected, Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) blamed the Senate for not living up to its responsibilities, “where the Senate turned away from truth and went along with a sham trial.”
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said it was President Trump’s responsibility to investigate allegations of corruption into the Bidens and Ukraine’s natural gas company Burisma, and not a high crime or misdemeanor.
The simple fact that resolves this #impeachment case is that a President has the responsibility & the authority to investigate credible allegations of corruption. In President Trump’s case, there were more than enough allegations concerning #BurismaBiden corruption. pic.twitter.com/kjsdf1Z7oI— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) February 1, 2020
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), a key impeachment swing vote, announced he would not vote to call on witnesses Thursday. Alexander said in statement he thought Trump’s conduct on the call with President Zelensky on July 25 was “inappropriate” but was not an “impeachment offense.”
“Even if the House charges were true, they do not meet the Constitution’s ‘treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors’ standard for an impeachable offense,” said Alexander, adding the voters should decide in the upcoming election.
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said it best when he announced “Trump won!”
“He’s going to get acquitted and that’s how history will remember what went on here,” said Toobin.
Even CNN's Jeffrey Toobin admits "Trump won." 😂 pic.twitter.com/cDv6oyI5jg— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) February 1, 2020