Senate Democrats have been arguing throughout the two-week trial that lawmakers need to hear from witnesses like John Bolton.
President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial faced a climactic vote over the weekend, when senators were due to decide whether to call witnesses and prolong the historic proceeding or instead bring them to the swift conclusion that Trump wants.
Senate Democrats have been arguing throughout the two-week trial that lawmakers need to hear from witnesses like John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser. But they do not appear to have enough support from Republicans who control the chamber.
Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, who had been undecided, declared late on Thursday that further evidence in the case was unnecessary.
Barring an unforeseen change of heart by another Republican senator, that would leave Democrats short of the 51 votes they need and allow Trump’s allies to defeat the request for additional evidence and move towards a final vote that is all but certain to acquit the president. That final vote could take place late on Friday or on Saturday, congressional sources said.
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