Democrat leadership has been clamoring for the GOP-controlled Senate to allow new witnesses to be called in the Senate impeachment trial for weeks now, but it seems that Democrats are finally realizing that they won’t have the votes to push it through.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), admitted on Wednesday that it’s an “uphill fight” that is not guaranteed to end in Democrats’ favor.
“The president and Mitch McConnell put huge pressure on these folks. So I hope we can get witnesses and documents. It’s an uphill fight. Is it more likely than not? Probably no. But is it a decent, good chance? Yes,” Schumer told reporters.
Republicans — for the most part — have vociferously resisted calls for new witnesses in the trial, pointing out that Democrats had their chance in the House impeachment inquiry.
Schumer’s colleague, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), also confessed on Thursday that the mostly united GOP contingent in the Senate will likely get the better of Democrat demands.
During a CNN interview on Thursday, Whitehouse was asked by host Alisyn Camerota if he believes that the public will hear from witnesses in the trial, to which the Rhode Island Senator replied, “I doubt it. What I see is a party that is bound and determined to get this behind them as soon as they can.”
In order for Democrats to achieve their goal of calling additional witnesses, four GOP senators will have to cross the aisle to vote in favor of the proposition on Friday.