House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) predicted a fair impeachment trial in the Senate that will end in acquittal because of the weak case in the House.
Scalise said it was the House’s “duty” to send impeachment articles to the Senate and blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for trying to interfere with the constitutional power given to the Senate once articles are passed in the House.
Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said Thursday that five to 10 Republican senators are not in agreement withSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’d promised “coordination” with the White House for a trial that may not include further witnesses or testimony.
20 Republican votes will be needed to convict President Donald Trump, but five to 10 votes would be enough to set rules for a trial that have been requested by Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer, and that would allow for witnesses like former Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to testify.
Trump has claimed that Pompeo, Bolton and other requested witnesses cannot testify because they would violate his executive privilege, a right that has been upheld for presidents for many years.
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