Trump impeachment: US Senate will not hear witness testimony

In the unpublished manuscript for an upcoming book, Bolton claimed that Trump had told him that he wanted to freeze almost $400 million (€360 million) in Congress-approved aid to Ukraine until the government there announced plans to investigate the president's political rivals, according to The New York Times.

Ms Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, which impeached Mr Trump on Dec 18, accused Republicans who voted against allowing witnesses of being "accomplices to the President's cover-up". For a time, the outcome of that vote seemed in the balance. In doing so, the Republicans appear to be on the brink of making history by acquitting Trump, the third time in history that a president has been exonerated in the Senate, which called for a measured celebration.

Following the Friday vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the chamber would "prepare to conclude the trial in the coming days". No matter what he says, no matter the claims he makes about himself and his accomplishments, the real state of this union at the beginning of 2020 is fraught: sour despite a good economy; distrustful of the opposition; despondent over seemingly permanent divisions; anxious about the future of democracy at this point in the country's history. However, with that being said, the White House is very happy that John Bolton will not be testifying at the Senate. On Friday, a senior administration official said the theme of the address will be 'The Great American Comeback, ' in which President Trump will focus on continuing to build an inclusive economy.

That leaves very little left for senators to discuss, as the third impeachment trial in USA history heads toward a close with Trump's acquittal now nearly assured.

Only two Republicans, Mitt Romney and Susan Collins, crossed the aisle to join Democrats in their push for witnesses - but it was not enough to prevail. He was later drafted to be the president's chief of staff with the hope he would bring order to a White House defined by chaos.

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Mr Trump was impeached for abuse of power over an allegation that aid to Ukraine was tied to finding dirt on his political rival Joe Biden.

A trial without any witnesses and a lead defense attorney who may have been a fact witness and potentially compromised.

"There is no need for the senate to re-open the investigation".

Friday's vote showed the value of that remaking, and the explanations provided by two Republicans - Sens. "I don't believe the continuation of this process will change anything". But before then, they will vote on procedural motions on Friday and return at 11 a.m. on Monday to give closing arguments, senators said.

Trump is at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach for the weekend, ostensibly to polish the State of the Union speech he is set to deliver Tuesday in Washington.

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