BREAKING: Schumer Plans to Deploy Tactic in Attempt to Stretch Out Trial to Next Week

According to a new series of tweets from Chad Pergram of Fox News, Democrats are hoping to stretch out the impeachment trial of President Trump even if they do not have the votes to force witnesses.

Pergram says Senate Minority leader Schumer “wants to engineer votes to pin down GOP senators on a host of issues” which would stretch out the trial into next week.

Pergram writes “Interest to stretch out the trial may be driven by an appetite to boost Joe Biden in Iowa. Some of it may be to not give the President an acquittal just before State of the Union. Some of it may just be that the Senate needs to give its members more say and debate.”

Chad Pergram of Fox News tweeted:

When asked when the trial might end, one source replied “when everyone is exhausted.”

So..if senators demand more debate or if there are other motions after the failed gateway vote…This could drag on tonight or beyond – depending on what senators want to do.

1) Multiple sources tell Fox scenarios are now emerging which could extend the Senate trial into next week – perhaps though the Iowa Caucuses and State of the Union.

“The Senate can only move as fast as its slowest member,” said one source.

2) The latest permutation to stretch out the trial only began to emerge after last night’s developments that the Senate appears to lack votes for witnesses. But once that gateway vote is quashed, anything can happen.

3) The Senate is a body of equals. It protects the right of the minority. Fox is told that Democrats could push for extended closing debate by the managers and counsels for both sides..and then debate by senators.

4) Interest to stretch out the trial may be driven by an appetite to boost Joe Biden in Iowa. Some of it may be to not give the President an acquittal just before State of the Union. Some of it may just be that the Senate needs to give its members more say and debate.

5) Fox is told Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wants to engineer votes to pin down GOP senators on a host of issues. That could stretch out the trial.

They don’t call this “the world’s greatest deliberative body” for nothing.

6) The elongated trial scenario just emerged overnight because no one knew where things would go on the gateway/witness vote.

And, even though there is a push to wrap this up sooner rather than later by many in the Senate, it will come down to whether or not they have the votes