Rep. Jim Jordan, a close ally to the President predicts the impeachment trial could be over by the end of next week.
Jordan said he does not believe Democrats will be able to persuade GOP Senators to side with them on witnesses.
TheHill reports Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), one of the members of Trump’s legal defense team, said he thinks the Senate impeachment trial will wrap up by late next week and that senators will go for a vote without witness testimony.
On an appearance on Fox News Friday morning, Jordan said he believes the Democrats won’t be able to convince the GOP-controlled Senate to bring in witnesses, meaning the trial will last only until Trump’s defense team is done making their case, which will likely be late next week.
“I feel real confident that hopefully next week we’ll get this decision and get this thing over with it and get on to the business of the American people,” Jordan said. “When you have [Democrats] talking for this long and not seeming to move anyone, the American people don’t seem to be tuning into this as much as we might have anticipated, I think it looks good for the president.”
Jordan, a member of the House Intelligence and House Judiciary committees, was one of the president’s fiercest defenders during the House impeachment hearings. Both he and Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), who also serves on both committees, were recruited to Trump’s legal defense team when proceedings moved to the upper chamber.
Democrats have been advocating for calling in new witnesses central to the July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky since the House impeachment hearings. The White House has denied several subpoenas from Congress, and earlier Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said calling in other witnesses would “substantially prolong” the trial.