After Bolton from the blue, McConnell lacks votes to block witnesses

Washington: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly told his caucus on Tuesday that they haven’t secured the votes necessary to block Democrats from calling witnesses to testify in the impeachment trial.

McConnell reportedly compiled a list of “yes,” “no,” and “maybe” votes, but didn’t show the whip count to his fellow senators.

But Republican leadership is reportedly confident it can win over the necessary GOP votes by Friday. The party is arguing that calling witnesses would extend the trial indefinitely.

Pressure on Republicans has intensified after The New York Times reported on Sunday that former national security adviser John Bolton wrote in his forthcoming book that the president told him last year he would withhold military aid to Ukraine until the country investigated his political rivals.

McConnell reportedly compiled a list of “yes,” “no,” and “maybe” votes, but didn’t show the whip count to his fellow senators.

But Republican leadership is reportedly confident it can win over the necessary GOP votes by Friday. The party is arguing that calling witnesses would extend the trial indefinitely.

Senate Democrats want at least four key witnesses, including former national security adviser John Bolton and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, to testify. The vast majority of Republicans oppose calling witnesses, but a handful of GOP senators have expressed willingness to buck their party on the issue.

Pressure on Republicans has intensified after The New York Times reported on Sunday that Bolton wrote in his forthcoming book that the president told him last year he would withhold military aid to Ukraine until the Ukrainian president acceded to his demands for investigations into his political rivals.

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