Senate votes against calling witnesses in Trump impeachment trial

The US Senate has voted against calling witnesses and collecting new evidence in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, clearing the way for a near-certain acquittal. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 51-49 to block the Democrats’ drive to hear testimony from witnesses including former national security advisor John Bolton. Only two Republicans, Mitt Romney and Susan Collins, broke ranks to support the motion. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer called the result a ‘tragedy on a very large scale’.

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∙Trump impeachment trial: senators vote against calling witnesses, paving way for acquittal – live ► https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2020/jan/31/trump-impeachment-president-vote-calling-witnesses-acquitted-senate-live-updates?page=with:block-5e3401e98f08e1332473a67d

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