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Trump Impeachment: Republican Senator Deals Major Blow to Democrats' Call for More Witnesses

Trump Impeachment: Republican Senator Deals Major Blow to Democrats' Call for More Witnesses

WASHINGTON - US Democrats' efforts to hear more testimony in the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump were all but dashed on Thursday after a Republican Senator opposed calling more witnesses.
The decision by Republican Senator Lamar Alexander means Trump could be acquitted on Friday.
Democrats needed four senators from the Republican party — which holds a majority in the Senate — to vote with them in order to call more witnesses.
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Susan Collins, the Republican Senator of Maine had both already announced they would support hearing more testimony while Lisa Murkowski of Alaska had asked for more time to make her decision.
But Alexander, a moderate Republican, broke the stalemate, releasing a statement in which he affirmed that "there is no need for more evidence".
Senators are expected to vote on Friday on whether to call more witnesses. If they lose the vote, the trial could be brought to an abrupt end and result in Trump's acquittal.
Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House, had said earlier in the day that if Republicans senators rejected the motion, it would amount to a "cover-up".
"You cannot be acquitted if you don't have a trial. You don't have a trial if you don't have witnesses and documentation," she wrote on Twitter. (euro news)