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McConnell warns that Republicans do not have the necessary votes to block witnesses in the ‘impeachment’

January 29, 2020

MADRID, 29 Jan. (EUROPA PRESS) –

The leader of the Republican majority in the United States Senate, Mitch McConnell, has warned on Tuesday during the session of the impeachment against the US president, Donald Trump, that Republicans “currently” do not They have the necessary votes to block witness testimony in the process.

McConnell has stressed during a closed-door meeting with Republican senators that securing votes to block witnesses in the 'impeachment' is a task that is “in progress” and has affected several Republican senators have not yet committed to vote in one direction or another, as picked up by the CNN television network.

In addition, the leader of the Republican majority in the Upper House and other Republicans have warned during the private meeting that citing a witness can lead to the citation of new ones and that, thus, there would be no “clear” way to end with the 'impeachment', which this Tuesday has hosted the last day of presentation of the legal team's arguments.

The reluctance of the Republican senators to allow the declaration of various witnesses in the context of the political trial, as well as the contribution of documents, is marking the process against Trump.

At least 51 senators, a simple majority, must vote in favor of citing witnesses and providing documents. Therefore, four Republican senators would have to join the 47 Democrats in order for the motion to pass.

An alleged draft of a book by former US National Security advisor John Bolton, confirmed on Monday to 'The New York Times' by several people who have been able to read it, says Trump told Bolton in August that he wanted to continue blocking the delivery of the 391 million dollars of military aid to Ukraine until the Kiev authorities pledged to investigate the former vice president of the United States, Joe Biden, and his son Hunter. The statement of objections of the Trump political trial contains the crimes of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Bolton's manuscript has sharpened the cracks in the Republican majority, to the point that it is no longer ruled out that Democrats can quote a key witness during the Senate trial. Republicans have asserted their majority in the Upper House so far to control the timing and format of the process. Democrats have tried in vain to call key witnesses, including Bolton himself, to determine if the president abused his power.

The US media speculates that Senators critical of Trump, Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Lamar Alexander take a turn and change the balance. The Senate is already prepared to discuss whether to summon witnesses or not, which is expected to occur presumably on Friday. If the vote gets more votes against, the Upper House could already vote for Trump's acquittal. If, on the contrary, the vote yields a positive result, the impeachment will continue.

A “POWERFUL” CASE TO CALL BOLTON

In this context, Democrats have considered Tuesday that Trump's legal team has shown a “powerful” case to call to declare Bolton. This was stated by Congressman Adam Schiff, head of the Intelligence Commission of the US House of Representatives and one of the 'prosecutors' appointed by the lower house to exercise the accusation against Trump.

“Why can't the president call anyone who has worked around him in his defense? And the answer is that they know he is guilty,” Schiff criticized.

Also the leader of the Democratic minority in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, has expressed on Tuesday in reference to the summons of witnesses and has assured that “absolutely” they feel more confident with this matter than a few days ago.

“I think it's in the air,” said Schumer, who pointed out that, according to his calculations, there are between “ten and twelve Republicans who have never said a bad word about witnesses or documents they know in their hearts that is the right thing to do.” .

CRITICAL TRUMP THE “OBSESSION” DEMOCRAT WITH THE 'IMPEACHMENT'

The US president has criticized on Tuesday during an act in New Jersey that the Democrats are “obsessed” with the political trial against him.

“While we create jobs and kill terrorists, Congressional Democrats are obsessed with the deception of the accusation, the crazy witch hunt and the crusades of the deranged parties,” Trump said, while ensuring that “that's all what the Democrats do that do nothing. ”

In addition, he has censored through his Twitter account that “it does not matter how many witnesses are given to the Democrats, no matter how much information is provided, such as transcripts (…), it will never be enough for them.”

THE CASE AGAINST TRUMP

The political trial is chaired by the president of the United States Supreme Court, John Roberts, and the seven deputies appointed by the House of Representatives will act as 'prosecutors' of a process in which all senators must act as jurors, regardless of the party in which they militate.

The impeachment process encompasses the investigation and voting in the House of Representatives, where Trump was officially disapproved in December, thus becoming the third censored US president, and the political trial in the Upper House, in which, to date , no president has become dismissed.

The process began following a complaint lodged by an Intelligence officer who considered that Trump's call to his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodimir Zelenski, on July 25 was an attempt to pressure him to force him to open an investigation into the Biden, paralyzing until then the delivery of more than 300 million dollars of military aid to Kiev and postponing the invitation for a meeting at the White House.

Trump maintains that he is the victim of a “witch hunt” and that his call was “perfect”, despite the contradictions that have been observed in the Government since the complaint of the anonymous official for the alleged campaign of pressure on Ukraine.