With Swing vote Lamar Alexander having come out as a “no’ vote on witnesses, Democrats are scrambling to keep their dwindling hopes for witnesses alive.
Per Fox News, Republicans have a 53-47 majority in the chamber, and can afford up to three defections when the Senate considers whether to call additional witnesses Friday — a question that is considered by a simple majority vote.
In the event of a 50-50 tie, by rule, the vote on witnesses would fail in the Senate. Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts is likely to abstain rather than assert his debatable power to cast a tie-breaking vote.
Schiff may have already anticipated a potential tie when he told Justice Roberts he trusts him and “We are here to tell you we will agree with the chief justice’s ruling on witnesses.”
Per USAToday, Ironically, Roberts frequently became a subject of debate during the two days senators posed questions, even as he sat in the presiding officer’s chair behind the House managers and Trump lawyers answering them.
“I trust the man behind me,” Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the House’s lead manager, said more than once. “We are here to tell you we will agree with the chief justice’s ruling on witnesses.”
But Jay Sekulow, one of the president’s lawyers, said his team would not play ball in making Roberts more than what he long has professed to be – an umpire.
“With no disrespect at all to the chief justice, that’s not the constitutional design,” Sekulow told the Senate. “The chief justice is here as the presiding officer of this proceeding.”
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