By The Blaze. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) reportedly told his caucus that he did not have the votes to prevent the Democrats’ demands for new impeachment trial witnesses.
The possible inclusion of new witnesses has been a contentious debate between Democratic critics of President Donald Trump and his Republican allies and supporters.
On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that McConnell admitted that enough Republicans had crossed over to support the demands from Democrats. However, many Republicans remained uncommitted on the issue.
Fox News confirmed the report but added that it was unclear just what the claim meant, since some Republicans are willing to make concessions in order to call Hunter Biden to testify.
(Read more from “McConnell Doesn’t Have Enough Votes to Prevent New Impeachment Witnesses” HERE)
Murkowski, Romney, and Collins Want to Hear from Witnesses
By AP. A decision to call more witnesses would need 51 votes to pass. With a 53-seat majority, Republicans can only afford to lose three Republicans to prevent more debate over witnesses.
McConnell has been trying to prevent a prolonged trial. Republicans were warned that subpoenaing testimony from Bolton or other witnesses could run quickly into legal challenges that could drag out for weeks.
But Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, has said he wants to hear what Bolton has to say. Two other Republicans, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, also want to hear from more witness. (Read more about whether impeachment witnesses will be called HERE)
Federal Judge Rules Giuliani Associate Lev Parnas Can Attend Trump Impeachment Trial With Ankle Monitor
By Washington Examiner. A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas can attend the impeachment trial of President Trump, but is not permitted to remove his ankle monitor.
Parnas, who was indicted on campaign finance charges, was permitted by Judge Paul Oetken to travel from New York to D.C., from 12:30 to 2:45 p.m. The judge altered conditions of his bail, but did want the GPS device removed from his ankle. . .
Parnas attorney Joseph Bondy acknowledged the judge’s decision, writing, “Although we couldn’t arrange to have Lev Parnas watch the trial with us because his GPS ankle monitor is not allowed, Lev will join us in DC tomorrow to show support for a fair trial, with witnesses & evidence.” (Read more from “Federal Judge Rules Giuliani Associate Lev Parnas Can Attend Trump Impeachment Trial With Ankle Monitor” HERE)