Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) tried to stop Democrats from allowing witnesses to appear at Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. But it appears that there are now enough Republican Senators siding with Democrats that could overturn McConnell’s plan.
According to Bloomberg News’ Laura Litvan, there are now enough Republican Senators joining with Democrats to force a vote on whether or not to call witnesses and allow additional documents.
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who is retiring at the end of his term, just joined a list of GOP Senators who have sided with Democrats. That list includes GOP Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Mitt Romney – plus 45 Democrats and 2 Independents – to reach, Litvan says, the “magic number” of 51 Senators who want “a guaranteed vote on whether to call witnesses or more documents later in the Trump impeachment trial.”
NEW: Lamar Alexander says he wants a guaranteed vote on whether to call witnesses or more documents later in the Trump impeachment trial.
That brings it to magic number of 51 senators who would want that opportunity (47 Dems plus GOP’s Collins, Murkowski and Romney.)
— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) January 14, 2020
GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander says he would "vote against a motion to dismiss" articles of impeachment against Pres. Trump.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 14, 2020