McConnell Says He Will Proceed on Impeachment Trial Without Witness Deal

Mr. McConnell shared his intentions with senators over lunch in the Capitol, declaring that he had the votes he needed — including among moderate Republicans — to steamroll over Democratic objections and proceed with the trial that puts off final decisions on whether to consider evidence.

That would mean the Senate would tackle those questions only after representatives of the House and the president make opening arguments and senators question both sides.

“All we are doing here is saying we are going to get started in exactly the same way 100 senators agreed to 20 years ago,” he said. “What was good enough for President Clinton is good enough for President Trump.”

With the President’s eventual acquittal by the Senate all but certain, both parties have tried to leverage the pause between impeachment and the trial for their own advantage.

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