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Democrats' attempt to call witnesses for Trump trial failed

31 Jan 2020 11:13 AM

On Thursday, Democrats seemed to have failed in trying to obtain the necessary votes to call witnesses at President Donald Trump's trial, paving the way for his possible acquittal this weekend.

The Democrats worked to get at least four Republicans to support this effort, but were shattered when Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, who was not settled, declared that additional evidence in the case was not necessary.

Alexander said in a statement after the evening session, " There is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the United States constitution’s high bar for an impeachable offense."

The Republican Senator Susan Collins had separated from her party and announced her support for the witnesses, but the Democrats needed at least three of her colleagues to disrupt the votes and give them the 51 votes needed to call the witnesses and prolong the trial.