Donald Trump’s impeachment trial WILL have witnesses after five Republicans including Lindsey Graham vote to take statements and issue subpoenas
President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial took a dramatic turn Saturday morning with five Republicans voting to hear from the Republican lawmakers.
The lead House impeachment manager, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), asked the Senate to hear from Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), who has said she heard McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) recount his dramatic conversation with Trump. Beutler has reported that, according to McCarthy, the president told the minority leader the rioters “are more upset about the election than you are.”
The Senate vote was 55-45, with support from all Democrats and both independents, as well as Republicans Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Mitt Romney of Utah. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) also voted yes, switching his vote at the last minute.
Trump’s attorney, Michael van der Veen, objected to the request, saying that that if Democrats get a witness, he would need to depose “at least over 100 witnesses. Not just one.”
Democrats said the witnesses can be deposed by videoconference, but van der Veen objected, saying it should be done in his office in Philadelphia, prompting laughter from the chamber.
It is not clear how many witnesses will be allowed. Republicans threatened that if Democrats allowed one witness, they would demand many. As the vote occurred, senators were confused on whether they were voting to allow one witness or an unlimited number