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Jan 28-BREAKING: “Mitch Made” McConnell DOESN'T Have Votes To Block PEACH MINT Witnesses
 

 
BREAKING: “Mitch Made” McConnell DOES NOT Have The Votes To Block PEACH MINT Witnesses
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WSJ News Exclusive | McConnell Says GOP Doesn’t Have Votes to Block Impeachment Witnesses

By Rebecca Ballhaus, Lindsay Wise and Natalie Andrews
Updated Jan. 28, 2020 6:03 pm ET

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell during impeachment proceedings on Tuesday. Photo: Handout/Getty Images

WASHINGTON—Republican leaders said they don’t currently have enough votes to block witnesses in President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, after his legal team concluded its efforts to counter Democrats’ charges that the president abused power and obstructed Congress.image

On the third and final day of presentations by the Trump legal team, lawyers tried to cast doubts on the importance and credibility of allegations by former national security adviser John Bolton about the president’s motives for freezing aid to Ukraine.

But at a meeting of all Republican senators late Tuesday, GOP leaders told their conference that they don’t currently have the votes to prevent witnesses from being called, people familiar with the matter said. Republicans had hoped to wrap up the trial with an acquittal of the president by this week, but Democrats have said he should appear under oath to offer a firsthand account of the president’s motivations for freezing aid to Ukraine—a matter at the heart of the impeachment case.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said the vote total wasn’t where it needed to be on blocking witnesses or documents, these people said. He had a card with “yes,” “no,” and “maybes” marked on it, apparently a whip count, but he didn’t show it to senators.

Using less than half of the 24 hours they were allotted image, the president’s lawyers on Tuesday argued that House managers hadn’t established their case that Mr. Trump abused power and obstructed Congress and said the accusations fell short of the threshold needed to remove a president from office, particularly in an election year.

“The bar for impeachment cannot be set this low,” said Jay Sekulow, one of the president’s personal attorneys, of the Democrats’ impeachment case. Deputy White House counsel Pat Philbin said the abuse-of-power article was “infinitely malleable” and allowed for too much subjectivity. “How are we supposed to get the proof of what’s in the president’s head?” he asked.

White House counsel Pat Cipollone, in closing, reminded senators that the presidential election was nine months away and said the choice should be left to voters. “Why tear up their ballots?” he asked.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), following the conclusion of the session, dismissed the Trump legal team’s arguments. “Their whole argument is diversion,” he said.

“If you don’t believe the newspaper report, call the witnesses,” he said of the Bolton account, which was first reported Sunday evening in the New York Times. He reminded senators that the witnesses Democrats have wanted to call but that have been blocked by the White House—which include Mr. Bolton and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney —are Republicans appointed by the president.

Democrats, who control 47 seats, need four Republicans to join them to approve motions for new testimony or documents, which need a simple majority to pass. Starting Wednesday, the Senate will have two days to ask each side questions, followed by a vote later this week on new evidence.

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The impeachment question card. Photo: WSJ

In Tuesday’s closing, the defense team was seeking to persuade senators not to support hearing testimony from further witnesses, among them Mr. Bolton. Mr. Bolton wrote in a draft of his forthcoming book that the president told him he wanted to keep aid to Ukraine frozen until Kyiv had aided investigations into Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Mr. Bolton’s lawyer confirmed.

The president has denied Mr. Bolton’s description of the conversation. He has repeatedly said there was no link between freezing the aid to Ukraine and his push for investigations.

In a marked shift from Monday, when the defense team made scant mention of Mr. Bolton’s allegations, the president’s lawyers on Tuesday argued that too little is known about the claims for them to factor into the Senate trial.

Mr. Sekulow called the allegations “inadmissible” image and pointed to the president’s denials, while accusing the former adviser of seeking to boost his book sales. Impeachment, he added, “is not a game of leaks and unsourced manuscripts. That is politics, unfortunately.”

The House last fall had sought Mr. Bolton’s testimony but moved forward with articles of impeachment when he declined to appear without a subpoena. The House declined to subpoena him in an effort to move quickly and not get bogged down in court f*ghts.

The reports of Mr. Bolton’s account unsettled Republican senators and bolstered the odds of a successful vote to hear further witness testimony. Several on-the-fence Republican senators said Mr. Bolton’s claims strengthened the case for further witness testimony, while the number of senators the White House believes may vote for more testimony ticked up.

Lawmakers expressed interest in learning more about Mr. Bolton’s claims. One proposal by Sen. James Lankford (R., Okla.) to make the Bolton manuscript available to the Senate in a classified setting for review drew the support of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), a top ally of the president’s.image

Mr. Schumer rejected the idea of reading the manuscript behind closed doors. “What an absurd proposal,” he said. “It is a book. There is no need for it to be read in the SCIF unless you want to hide something,” referring to a secure facility. The book is set to be published in March.

While no administration officials during the fall’s House hearings testified that they were told directly by Mr. Trump that he was holding up the aid to pressure Kyiv, four current and former officials said they understood that to be the case.

Republicans have said this week that if the Senate votes for more testimony, they want to call witnesses including Mr. Biden and his son, Hunter.

[b]Sens. Mitt Romney (R., Utah) and Susan Collins (R., Maine) indicated on Monday that they were likely to favor witnesses. Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) and Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.) remained open to the idea.[/u]

“I think that John Bolton probably has something to offer us,” Ms. Murkowski said Tuesday.

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The White House has grown concerned in recent days that two other senators might vote in favor of more testimony: Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Rob Portman of Ohio, people familiar with the discussions said.

The defense team has been preparing for the possibility that the Senate will vote in favor of calling more witnesses and discussing how it would go to court to f*ght a subpoena for Mr. Bolton’s testimony. Mr. Bolton has said he would testify during a Senate trial if subpoenaed.


Mr. Toomey suggested at a closed-door Senate lunch on Monday an arrangement in which the Senate subpoena Mr. Bolton as well as a witness sought by the White House, an approach Mr. Romney said he found fair.

“I think if you hear from one side, you probably ought to have a chance to hear from witnesses from the other side,” said Mr. Romney.

Republicans senators said that during the coming days of questioning they planned to ask about the elder Mr. Biden as vice president withholding loan guarantees from the Ukrainian government when the nation was slow to fire a prosecutor general whom Western diplomats criticized for not cracking down on corruption.

They also planned to ask about Hunter Biden’s role on the board of a Ukrainian gas company while his father was vice president. Mr. Trump and his allies have argued it was corrupt for Mr. Biden to call for the ouster of the Ukrainian prosecutor because he had once investigated the gas company, Burisma Holdings, that had ties to his son. The Bidens deny wrongdoing. Hunter Biden has said that serving on the company’s board showed poor judgment given his father’s anticorruption efforts.

Republicans also plan to use their questions to attack the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.), over his office’s dealings with the whistleblower whose account of the Ukraine pressure campaign spurred the impeachment inquiry.

Democratic senators said they would like to ask questions that could allow the Democratic House managers to rebut comments from the Trump defense team.

Following the period of questioning, the Senate will hold as much as four hours of debate on whether to subpoena witnesses or documents. If that hurdle is cleared, the Senate would then proceed to vote on whether to hear from Mr. Bolton, subpoena the notes he took during his tenure as national security adviser and gather other information or hear from other witnesses.

—Siobhan Hughes contributed to this story
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 3 weeks ago '14        #2
4evaabso 
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Okay Chuck we may have 12-15 rethugs to vote to convict
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 3 weeks ago '16        #3
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So a vote for witnesses can only get to 50 maybe 51 votes, but you think somehow you're gonna convince 17 more senators to actually remove the President?

67 votes is very far away from 51



Democrats love to waste time and drag things on forever. Like the Mueller report lasting nearly 3 years to find nothing.

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 3 weeks ago '16        #4
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Damn WH lawyers so trash they're about to get Trump removed from office
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 3 weeks ago '15        #5
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 OWPE said
So a vote for witnesses can only get to 50 maybe 51 votes, but you think somehow you're gonna convince 17 more senators to actually remove the President?

67 votes is very far away from 51



Democrats love to waste time and drag things on forever. Like the Mueller report lasting nearly 3 years to find nothing.

Benghazi
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 3 weeks ago '17        #6
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After the votes comes the truth it’s over if they allow witnesses and McConnell knows it
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 3 weeks ago '14        #7
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Also call your local senators!

202-224-3121
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Top 10 most propped recently  3 weeks ago '16        #8
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 Aztlan said
Damn WH lawyers so trash they're about to get Trump removed from office



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Also call your local senators!

202-224-3121




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 3 weeks ago '11        #11
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 Aztlan said
Damn WH lawyers so trash they're about to get Trump removed from office
Used ess than half their time and refuted nada. If he paid them (I doubt it) Trump needs to get his rubles back.
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 3 weeks ago '16        #12
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 kiss0fdeath said
Used ess than half their time and refuted nada. If he paid them (I doubt it) he needs to get his rubles back.
When Trump isn't removed from office and gets re-elected, are you gonna go back into hiding again?

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 3 weeks ago '16        #13
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 kiss0fdeath said
Used ess than half their time and refuted nada. If he paid them (I doubt it) Trump needs to get his rubles back.
They get paid in old Trump Steaks surplus.
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 3 weeks ago '17        #14
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 OWPE said
So a vote for witnesses can only get to 50 maybe 51 votes, but you think somehow you're gonna convince 17 more senators to actually remove the President?

67 votes is very far away from 51



Democrats love to waste time and drag things on forever. Like the Mueller report lasting nearly 3 years to find nothing.

they only need a simple majority which is 51 votes
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 3 weeks ago '20        #15
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 dubsax said
they only need a simple majority which is 51 votes
To get witnesses but we need 2/3 of the senate for removal
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 3 weeks ago '18        #16
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 OWPE said
When Trump isn't removed from office and gets re-elected, are you gonna go back into hiding again?

Shambles


You said he wasn’t getting impeached. You said mitch won’t allow witnesses...you said the trial would be over by now....Anymore bold predictions Miss Cleo??


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 3 weeks ago '04        #17
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they about to cut 45 off and pretend they never met him

they dont know that gentleman well
45 who ?
i never supported him ..

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 3 weeks ago '04        #18
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 dubsax said
they only need a simple majority which is 51 votes
not for removal
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 3 weeks ago '17        #19
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Needed this news after Kobe now all the people making fun of us for predicting his impeachment suck a you now what Pelosi got that mamba mentality
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 3 weeks ago '11        #20
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 SFamilyRep said
Shambles


You said he wasn’t getting impeached. You said mitch won’t allow witnesses...you said the trial would be over by now....Anymore bold predictions Ms. Cleo??



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 3 weeks ago '11        #21
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 Smallville said
Needed this news after Kobe now all the people making fun of us for predicting his impeachment suck a you now what Pelosi got that mamba mentality


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 3 weeks ago '04        #22
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lets be real these corny magats are going to switch up and act like they were only trolling
you magats worship an obese reality actor con man and its tragic
:kobeohnoway:
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 3 weeks ago '04        #23
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blocking witnesses and evidence makes you look mad suspect, smh
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Also call your local senators!

202-224-3121
my word i came here to post this and say now thats what im talkin about. loool
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 3 weeks ago '17        #25
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 gh3tto said
lets be real these corny magats are going to switch up and act like they were only trolling
you magats worship an obese reality actor con man and its tragic
:kobeohnoway:
I’m shocked at any left leaning person that thinks this is going to result in anything but acquittal.

I keep telling all my people “trump does too much for the republican elite. They’ll make sure he stays in”

As someone said above, these mofos struggled to get 51 votes for the Rules.
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