BREAKING: McConnell and Senate Republicans Increasingly Confident They Can Block Witnesses

According to multiple reports, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are increasingly confident they will have the votes to block witnesses by the end of this week.

DailyWire reports Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is “increasingly confident” that the GOP will have enough votes to block the Democrats from bringing witnesses to the floor in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial “by Friday,” despite efforts on the part of moderate Republican Senators, including Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) to whip votes in support of calling former national security advior John Bolton to the witness stand.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday night that McConnell is desperately whipping his caucus, looking for the votes needed to block efforts at forcing witness testimony, adding that McConnell’s vote count “wasn’t where it needed to be.” A White House source told the Journal, though, that McConnell and administration allies in Senate Republican leadership were “still in the game.”

Politico reports Senate Republicans have regained their footing and are once again pushing for a quick end to President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, newly confident they can squash the question of whether to hear new evidence.

The Republican Conference emerged cautiously optimistic from a critical meeting on whether to defeat the call for witnesses on Tuesday afternoon, the first real chance for GOP leaders to conduct a survey of where the 53-member conference stands. The meeting marked the caucus’ first gathering since Trump’s defense finished its opening arguments on the Senate floor.

“The consensus is: That we’ve heard enough. And it’s time to go to a final judgment vote,” said Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, the No. 3 GOP leader. “We’ve all heard enough, and the articles don’t rise to the level of impeachable offenses.”

Per TCO, at least 3 other Senators have expressed optimism on Republicans ability to prevent Democrats from forcing witnesses.

Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) said “I think I can say the mood is good.. If I had to guess, no witnesses,” he added “We’ll be in a place where I think everyone is going to have their mind made up and I believe that we’ll be able to move to a verdict, and the witness question will be clear at that point.”

Senator Thom Thillis (R-NC) told Bill Hemmer of Fox News “I believe that we will. I think when we go on the motion Friday we will be successful and then we’ll move forward on the Articles of Impeachment.”

“We’re going to get it done by Friday, hopefully,” Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) said.

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