With 11 of Democrats proposed impeachment amendments being rejected, 10 by a party line vote of 53-47 and 1 by a vote of 52-48 with only Susan Collins joining Democrats, Rep. Richard Blumenthal admitted he is not optimistic about Democrat chances of seeing the witnesses and documents his party desires.
Blumenthal also told Anderson Cooper “My colleagues are now on record. And they will be haunted by history and perhaps by the voters because they’re on record against witnesses and documents.”
NYPost reports in a marathon debate on Tuesday which lasted until 2 a.m., 11 amendments submitted by Democrats to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s impeachment rules were voted-down along party lines.
“I have to say, most sadly and angry for me has been how strongly Trump has these Senators in his grip,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) charged Wednesday. “I wanted to be hopeful and I was optimistic, but I have to say I don’t see it.
“As of today, I see no realistic prospect that witnesses and documents will be forthcoming unless my colleagues show some greater backbone and courage.”
Democrats have repeatedly called on White House officials including Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton to testify.
Senate Democrats need just four GOP senators to reach the 51-vote majority threshold. But their motions were jammed through on Tuesday, when the Senate was debating and voting on the rules of the trial — and McConnell, who put forth those rules, said the trial will allow the matter of witnesses to be taken up only after the six days of opening arguments by the House impeachment manager and Trump’s defense team.