Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Says Senate Has Votes To Start Impeachment Trial
By Fox News // January 7, 2020
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(FOX NEWS) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday he has the votes to start an impeachment trial even without an agreement on potential witnesses – once the chamber receives the articles from the House.
“We have the votes,” McConnell told reporters.
The vote would kick off “phase one” of President Trump’s impeachment trial, while the contentious issue of witnesses would come up after the trial is underway, McConnell said.
“Fifty-one senators determine what we do and there will be, I’m sure, intense discussion, once we get past phase one, about the whole witness issue,” McConnell said.
The GOP leader first notified Republican senators at their weekly lunch that he has enough votes to proceed – meaning a simple majority – even as Democrats urge McConnell to accept their demands to seek certain witness testimony.
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