On Friday, the Senate voted against allowing witnesses for Trump’s impeachment trial, which could likely allow for a speedy acquittal by next week. However, this will not be without a fight.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) issued a statement regarding the Senate’s vote. She said:
‘The Senate Republicans’ vote against calling witnesses and compelling documents in the impeachment proceedings makes them accomplices to the President’s cover-up.
‘The President was impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. He is impeached forever. There can be no acquittal without a trial. And there is no trial without witnesses, documents and evidence.
‘It is a sad day for America to see Senator McConnell require the Chief Justice of the United States to preside over a vote which rejected our nation’s judicial norms, precedents and institutions to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law.’
On Friday, House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was also sent a letter from Lev Parnas’ attorney asking him consider Parnas’ testimony, as it includes significant information that is “directly relevant to the President’s impeachment inquiry.”
According to MSN News:
‘The contents are similar to what Parnas said in his sit-down interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow two weeks ago. Both the letter and interview indicate that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Energy Secretary Rick Perry and several other officials within the Trump administration were aware of the pressure campaign in Ukraine that is at the center of Trump’s impeachment.’
The trial is expected to wrap up as early as next Wednesday.