They also sought to undermine leaked details from an upcoming book by former national security adviser John Bolton, who reportedly wrote that Trump told him he would not release aid to Ukraine's military until the country launched an investigation into a USA political rival. Some potential swing voters, including Sens. Two other Republicans, Sen. Those purported book details, first reported by The New York Times, placed pressure on senators to vote to allow witnesses into the trial. "The Senate can not allow this to happen", White House Counsel Pat Cipollone told the Senate.
"Once you're into mixed motive land, it's clear that their case fails". House managers were not asked to respond to the same question, though Romney had it on his list of questions for Democrats.
The Democratic House impeachment managers used nearly 22 hours of their time over the course of three days. Graham thinks Trump will be acquitted by the end of the week. Schumer also indicated Democrats would reject any effort at a so-called witness swap with Republicans.
Senators will vote on whether or not to have witnesses on Friday, and then will need to vote on each individual witness proposed. Alexander has repeatedly said that he wants to hear from both sides before he decides whether or not more evidence is needed.
"During the question period of the [1999 Bill] Clinton trial, senators were thoughtful and brief with their questions, and the managers and counsel were succinct in their answers", he said. "That's classic backstabber. So I feel I got a swamp character here". "So I've been talking with the folks in the cloakroom about what the universe is to see how we can supplement that".
Demand for witness testimony started ramping up as Mr Bolton's allegations leaked yesterday. However, it doesn't look like Trump will get an acquittal vote without witnesses being called. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) said he was "very, very unlikely" to support the measure, too. Republicans have threatened to subpoena Hunter Biden if Democrats insist on calling Bolton.
The younger Biden had worked for a Ukrainian energy company when his father was vice president. Hunter Biden's position raised conflict-of-interest concerns, but there is no evidence of wrongdoing.
Afterward, Republican senators met behind closed doors to discuss calling witnesses including Bolton, but said as they emerged that there was no resolution on the matter.
Still, the Senate's number two Republican, John Thune, who is responsible for whipping the vote, acknowledged Tuesday to ABC News that there is genuine fear that the trial could turn into a chaotic mess.
Senators will file questions to the two legal teams, starting on Wednesday. Senators have suggested that they expect to use almost all of the time this week. "I'm by no means confident", Connecticut Sen.
McConnnell's statement, in a closed-door meeting of senators, was an acknowledgment of the extent to which revelations from Bolton have scrambled the trial's schedule and the desire for testimony.
"Of course we asked John Bolton to testify", said House Intel chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).
Trump allies, including personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and 2016 campaign adviser Jason Miller, slammed Bolton and said he was being untruthful in order to drive up book sales and remain relevant.
"If partisan impeachment is now the rule of the day. future presidents -- Democrats, Republicans -- will be paralysed the moment they are elected", he said.
"What they are asking you do is to throw out a successful president on the eve of an election, with no basis, and in violation of the Constitution", Cipollone said. If senators have similar questions, they may be asked to co-sponsor them. That, and other motions, will receive a vote following the questioning phase.