On Friday, the Senate voted against witnesses for Trump’s impeachment trial which all but ensures an acquittal next week. However, there continues to be plenty of push back from various sources.
Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly commented that if there are no witness testimonies in the Senate, it is considered “a job only half done.” Kelly said:
‘If you don’t respond to 75 percent of the American voters and have witnesses, it’s a job only half done. You open yourself up forever as a Senate that shirks its responsibilities.’
According to CNN:
‘The Senate is poised to defeat a motion to seek witnesses and documents, signaling the impeachment trial could be nearing an end. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the last true publicly undecided Republican senator, said Friday she would oppose witnesses. Murkowski and Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, were potential swing votes on whether the Senate should seek out witnesses, like former national security adviser John Bolton, and ultimately decided against it.’
Kelly also said earlier in the week that he believes Bolton’s allegation that Trump told him U.S. security aid to Ukraine was conditioned upon digging up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and son Hunter Biden.
On the Senate floor Friday, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff (CA) said:
‘The President’s former chief of staff, General Kelly, said a senate trial without witnesses is “a job only half done.” A trial without witnesses is only “half a trial.” Well, I have to say, I can’t agree. A trial without witnesses is no trial at all.’
He went on to say:
‘You either have a trial or you don’t, and if you’re going to have a real trial, you need to hear from the people who have firsthand information.’
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