Mitch McConnell is growing increasingly confident the GOP has the votes to end this impeachment trial without calling any more witnesses.
Look, if they call witnesses this thing could drag on forever because Trump can over executive privilege and we all know what the final vote will be anyway whenever the senate does vote.
So Mitch wants it done as soon as he can and he got good news from one of the key swing GOP Senators Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, who just said he does not need to see any more witnesses.
“I do not believe we need to hear from an 18th witness,” Gardner told Colorado Politics. “I have approached every aspect of this grave constitutional duty with the respect and attention required by law, and have reached this decision after carefully weighing the House managers and defense arguments and closely reviewing the evidence from the House, which included well over 100 hours of testimony from 17 witnesses.”
From The Daily Wire:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is “increasingly confident” that the GOP will have enough votes to block the Democrats from bringing witnesses to the floor in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial “by Friday,” despite efforts on the part of moderate Republican Senators, including Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) to whip votes in support of calling former national security advior John Bolton to the witness stand.
The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday night that McConnell is desperately whipping his caucus, looking for the votes needed to block efforts at forcing witness testimony, adding that McConnell’s vote count “wasn’t where it needed to be.” A White House source told the Journal, though, that McConnell and administration allies in Senate Republican leadership were “still in the game.”
A vote on whether to allow witness testimony is currently scheduled for Friday…
… McConnell has allies in his fight to prevent witness testimony, the WSJ reports, and in a “secret” meeting held late Tuesday, he and other Republicans Senators made the argument that any witness testimony — even arguably relevant witness testimony — would do little to change the outcome of the trial and would simply provide Democrats with more ammunition for campaign commercials, partisan attacks, and further House inquiries. No Democrat is likely to be waved away from convicting Trump by Bolton or Mulvaney; they simply want witness testimony to injure the president further.
“Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado, Martha McSally of Arizona and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, who face competitive races in the fall, addressed their colleagues in the meeting, people familiar with the matter said. Mr. Gardner said a longer trial would lead to more Democratic attacks, according to a spokesman, and Mr. Tillis called impeachment a sham. Ms. McSally’s office said she doesn’t comment on what happens in private meetings.”
“We’re going to get it done by Friday, hopefully,” Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) said. “I think I can say the mood is good.”