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Impeachment of Trump: U.S. Senate votes against new interrogation of witnesses

Source : 112 Ukraine

This vote almost paves the way for justifying Trump
21:38, 1 February 2020
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The US Senate voted against the Democratic Party’s demand to summon witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment case. It is reported by The Associated press.

Despite the Democrats’ singular focus on hearing new testimony, the Republican majority brushed past those demands and will make this the first impeachment trial without witnesses. Even new revelations Friday from former national security adviser John Bolton did not sway GOP senators, who said they’d heard enough.

That means the eventual outcome for Trump will be an acquittal “in name only,” said Rep. Val Demings, a House prosecutor, during final debate.

Trump was impeached by the House last month on charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress as he tried to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden, using military aid as leverage as the ally fought Russia. He is charged with then blocking the congressional probe of his actions.

Related: Giuliani's associate Parnas restricted from Trump impeachment trial

Senators rejected the Democrats’ effort to allow new witnesses. Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah voted with the Democrats, but that was not enough.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called that decision “a tragedy on a very large scale.” Protesters’ chants reverberated against the walls of the Capitol.

But Republicans said Trump’s acquittal was justified and inevitable.

“The sooner the better for the country,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Trump confidant. “Let’s turn the page.”

Related: Pompeo: State Department is working on new meeting between Trump and Zelensky, but now is not time

 
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