WASHINGTON – A razor-thin majority of Senate Republicans on Friday voted against a Democratic proposal to admit additional witnesses and documents into President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.
The vote dashed Democrats’ hopes of hearing testimony from former Trump national security advisor John Bolton, and it shifted the weeks-long trial into its final stages.
Two Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Utah’s Mitt Romney, broke with their party in order to join Democrats in voting to admit additional evidence, but the majority, 51 Republicans, did not.
Democrats had needed at least four GOP senators to vote with them, and they fell short of that threshold by two votes.
This is a major defeat for Democrats who have now all but lost their impeachment dreams. This sets up a vote, likely next week where the senate will probably acquit President Trump.