'The greatest cover-up since Watergate': Trump trial end in sight as vote nears on more witnesses

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Trump seems headed for acquittal in his impeachment trial after one of the few wavering Republican senators said he would not support the measure to allow witness testimony.

Senator Lamar Alexander talks to reporters as he walks past the Senate chamber prior to the start of the impeachment trial Image: Steve Helber/PA Senator Lamar Alexander talks to reporters as he walks past the Senate chamber prior to the start of the impeachment trial Image: Steve Helber/PA US PRESIDENT DONALD

Chief Justice John Roberts, in the rare role presiding over the impeachment trial, could break a tie, but that seems unlikely. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer with Senator Kamala Harris heading to speak with reporters. Source: J. Scott Applewhite/PA Asked whether Trump deserved reelection, Alexander said, “Everyone will have to make that decision for themselves”.

Before Alexander’s statement, Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine said late Thursday she would vote to allow witnesses in the impeachment trial, briefly raising Democrats’ hopes for a breakthrough.Collins, Alexander and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska played an outsize role in the final hours of debate with pointed questions. Another Republican senator, Mitt Romney of Utah, has made clear he will vote for witnesses.

Trump attorney Eric Herschmann declared the Democrats are only prosecuting the president because they can’t beat him in 2020. In a day-after tweet, Trump attorney Alan Dershowitz, complained about the portrayal of his Wednesday night testimony when he said a president is essentially immune from impeachment if he believes his actions to be in the “national interest.”

 

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