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Sen. McConnell releases statement on next steps in impeachment trial

Posted at 6:06 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 18:10:29-05

WASHINGTON, D.C. (LEX 18) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has issued a statement following the vote against calling witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

The statement reads as follows:

A majority of the U.S. Senate has determined that the numerous witnesses and 28,000-plus pages of documents already in evidence are sufficient to judge the House Managers’ accusations and end this impeachment trial.

There is no need for the Senate to re-open the investigation which the House Democratic majority chose to conclude and which the Managers themselves continue to describe as “overwhelming” and “beyond any doubt.” Never in Senate history has this body paused an impeachment trial to pursue additional witnesses with unresolved questions of executive privilege that would require protracted litigation. We have no interest in establishing such a new precedent, particularly for individuals whom the House expressly chose not to pursue.

Senators will now confer among ourselves, with the House Managers, and with the President’s counsel to determine next steps as we prepare to conclude the trial in the coming days.