January 31, 2020
The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will be the first such trial in US history to feature no witness testimony after Senate Republicans voted on Friday against hearing from any of the firsthand witnesses to the president’s conduct.
Senate Republicans Block Witnesses In Trump’s Impeachment Trial
Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives on December 18 for withholding congressionally approved military aid from Ukraine in order to pressure the country into investigating a domestic political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, and for refusing to cooperate with the House’s investigation into that action.
Senate Republicans blocked efforts to subpoena new witnesses. The 51-49 vote came despite a report on January 26 that former national security adviser John Bolton would write in a forthcoming book that Trump specifically told him that he withheld military aid from Ukraine in order to obtain an investigation into Biden and his son Hunter. Bolton had said he would appear before the Senate to testify if subpoenaed.
But Senate Republicans had already planned to acquit Trump no matter the evidence before them. They refused to hear testimony from Trump’s closest aides. Before the trial even began, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said he would not be an “impartial” juror.
Trump’s impeachment trial is now the only impeachment trial in US history to feature no witnesses. Every previous Senate impeachment trial of a president, federal judge or cabinet official featured witnesses.
The failure to call witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial comes after he refused to cooperate with the House impeachment inquiry, an act that led to the article of impeachment charging obstruction of Congress. While previous presidents fought congressional efforts to obtain documents during impeachment investigations, none made such a blanket denial of documents and witnesses as Trump did.
But enough Republicans stood by Trump to get him off the hook, making his acquittal almost certain. Two Republicans, senator Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah, said they would vote to hear from witnesses. But late on Thursday, senator Lamar Alexander, also considered a swing vote, said he would vote against witnesses.
Alexander said he didn’t need to hear from them to know the bar for impeachment hadn’t been met, even though he suggested it was clear Trump did what he was accused of. He said in a statement that it “was inappropriate for the president to ask a foreign leader to investigate his political opponent and to withhold United States aid to encourage that investigation.” Senator Lisa Murkowski, also a swing vote, announced on Friday she would oppose calling witnesses. The Senate’s refusal to hear from new witnesses came after The New York Times reported that a manuscript of Bolton’s forthcoming book revealed that Trump told Bolton he was withholding aid from Ukraine in order to extract a promise to investigate Biden and a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee in 2016.
This revelation led senators Mitt Romney and Susan Collins to call for Bolton’s testimony. 
Bolton “has relevant testimony,” Romney said on January 27. It is “increasingly apparent it is important to hear” from him, Romney added.
The revelations from Bolton’s leaked book manuscript would “strengthen the case for witnesses,” Collins said on January 27.
The votes of four Republican senators, however, were necessary to obtain a majority of 51 senators on a vote to call witnesses. That majority never materialised.
Bolton is the only remaining firsthand witness to Trump’s extortion scheme who has publicly stated a willingness to testify in the impeachment trial. Other firsthand witnesses to Trump’s scheme that the White House has prevented from testifying include acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, former secretary of energy Rick Perry, former deputy national security adviser Charles Kupperman, state department counsellor T. Ulrich Brechbuhl and acting budget director Russ Vought. 
“I have concluded that, if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify,” Bolton said in a statement on January 6.
The former national security adviser was reportedly opposed to the scheme that ultimately led to Trump’s impeachment. Fiona Hill, a former Russia expert on the National Security Council, testified that Bolton ordered her to tell White House lawyers that he was not involved in the effort by others, including Mulvaney, to link an official head of state visit to the White House by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the opening of investigations. Bolton referred to this scheme as a metaphorical “drug deal,” Hill told the House Intelligence Committee.
Bolton was a party to “many relevant meetings and conversations” about the president’s actions toward Ukraine, his lawyer said in November.
He could be the first witness to testify that the president explicitly said there was a link between the release of the military aid and an invitation to the White House and the announcement of investigations into the Bidens. Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the European Union, previously told the House impeachment inquiry that he inferred the existence of this quid pro quo arrangement, but said he never heard that explicitly from the president.
Trump fired Bolton on September 10 after the two clashed over their conflicting views on a range of foreign policy issues including North Korea, Syria and Afghanistan.
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
Nikki and Brie Bella take us inside their closets, talk pregnancy style | Page Six Celebrity News
April 01, 2020
T9art86o6FI
Jeannie Mai and Jeezy get 'Real' about post-pandemic plans | Page Six Celebrity News
April 03, 2020
sofzhfS1By0
Is ‘Bigger’ better? BET+ sex scene review | Page Six Celebrity News
April 01, 2020
1XBLbXU1rPQ
"Daily Pop"--At Home With Tia Mowry! | Daily Pop | E! News
April 03, 2020
DnmhHY0-ueA
Lindsay Lohan Drops New Song "Back to Me" During Quarantine | Daily Pop | E! News
April 03, 2020
_5qYt9HPXEc
Kennedy Family Members Missing After Canoeing Accident | E! News
April 03, 2020
mgsPTwGvB0g
Variety Launches Variety Intelligence Platform: VIP
April 03, 2020
lESKUjXQvDs
Everything You Need to Know About the Media Business
April 03, 2020
GBtW6QubDxM
Viola Davis on 'How to Get Away With Murder' - Variety After-Show
April 03, 2020
XnU1gziXJoc
DJ D Nice Says Diddy Partied Hard, 'Drunk' Texted During IG Live Session | TMZ
April 03, 2020
tlLjJiGB0Qs
Cardi B's Stomach Pains Force Trip to ER Amid Coronavirus Pandemic | TMZ
April 03, 2020
RGupbFf3Tc4
Dr. Fauci Gets Beefed Up Security After Receiving Threats | TMZ
April 03, 2020
GPgWTH84gqs
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
08
Mar
ITALY: Serie A
Juventus - Inter Milan
08
Mar
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester United - Manchester City
08
Mar
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - Everton
08
Mar
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Betis - Real Madrid
08
Mar
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Genoa
07
Mar
ENGLAND: Premier League
Burnley - Tottenham Hotspur
07
Mar
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - West Ham United
07
Mar
SPAIN: La Liga
Barcelona - Real Sociedad
07
Mar
SPAIN: La Liga
Atletico Madrid - Sevilla
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k tudKp5Vhs3k iwWHibhssSo kQr0XHPbICM 5NeCb7JxaRk u5xQKdNqazE 56CdjlzJqSA kw7uFRs-Az0 xNv0JZWLV7w
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.