Senate impeachment trial: Wednesday acquittal vote scheduled after effort to have witnesses fails

The Senate voted on Friday to prevent any witnesses from being summoned to impeach President Donald Trump, a move that marked the start of the Senate’s third lawsuit for the president in US history.

Senate leaders reached an agreement on a final vote to justify Trump on two articles of impeachment at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, after a debate on Friday afternoon on how to complete the process. The impeachment trial will resume on Monday.

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This means that the acquittal will happen after Trump arrives on Capitol Hill to deliver a message from the Union State on Tuesday evening.

The Senate approved the decision Friday night from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, which sets out the final steps for the trial. The resolution includes two-hour closing arguments for leaders of the House of Representatives and the president’s legal team, starting at 11 a.m. on Monday, a final vote on Wednesday — and the ability of senators to make their own speeches, explaining their voices between them.

The Republicans defeated the four Democratic amendments to McConnell’s resolution Friday night, and then moved on to the weekend, a schedule that would allow Democratic presidential candidates to leave for Iowa this weekend ahead of Iowa meetings on Monday.

Republican senators said the Republicans in Kentucky had no choice but to strike a fair ballot Wednesday, as Democrats could use their power in accordance with the rules to drag out the process on Tuesday in the Union. According to senators from both sides, the Democrats did not want Trump to clear as the White House wanted by the time he spoke.

“Democrats were ready to use any number of slowdown tactics, many of which are likely to carry us over to next week,” said Senator John Thune of South Dakota, Republican Senate No. 2.

Democrats had hoped to entice more other Senate Republicans to join them to hear from witnesses — especially in the wake of revelations from the draft book manuscript of former national security adviser John Bolton — but one by one the Senate Republicans said they were ready to end the trial.

Their motives were changed. Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, said in a statement: “I do not believe that the continuation of this process will change anything. I am unhappy to realize that, as an organization, Congress slipped. ”

While, Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee declared the House’s directors have established their position, that Trump was carrying back US aid although ordering on reviewing his political competitors. “The issue is whether you use the death discipline for all sin. And I think that in this fact, I think the solution is no, let people perform this settlement, ”Alexander said on Friday.

When the final vote to justify the president takes place, it will end the remarkable four-month impeachment of the whirlwind that began when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an investigation into impeachment on September 24, which led to the impeachment of the president on two counts – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in less than three months.

After a month’s delay, the Senate process began less than two weeks ago. House managers, led by intelligence chairman Adam Schiff, presented a detailed case, claiming that they have irrefutable evidence that Trump withheld US $ 400 million in US aid for security, as well as the White House meeting with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky when he pressured Kyiv to launch an investigation into the former vice president. President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

The presidential team argued that there was no violation, but also that, even if there was a quid pro quo, it would be within the president’s rights if it was in the national interest.

“The problem with the case, the problem with their situation, even with all these witnesses, this does not prove a perfect crime. Articles fail, ”said President Jay Sekulow’s personal lawyer. “They have an impeachment desire for Christmas, and that’s the goal. But now they want you to do what they did not succeed. ”

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