Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer admitted he expected to lose the battle for witnesses to Republicans during a press conference moments ago.
Meanwhile Republican Rep. Mark Meadows stood behind him with a beaming smile.
How confident are you on witnesses?
The president and Mitch McConnell put huge pressure on these folks. So I hope we can get witnesses and documents. It’s an uphill fight. Is it more likely than not? Probably no. But is it a decent, good chance? Yes.
REPORTER: How confident are you on witnesses?
SCHUMER: I hope we can get witnesses and documents. It’s an uphill fight. Is is more likely than not? Probably no. But is it a decent, good chance? Yes.
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) January 29, 2020
According to a new breaking report from ABC News, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell now believes he has the votes to block witnesses.
Senators have returned Thursday for a second day of questions to House managers and President Donald Trump’s legal team in his impeachment trial as attempts by Democrats to rally votes for new witnesses appear to have stalled.
After more than 90 questions and 8 hours of debate on Wednesday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated to Republican senators he believes he now has the votes to defeat any Democratic motion that the Senate consider new witnesses when the Senate decides that question on Friday, according to two GOP sources. That would allow him to skip to the final stages of the trial, the sources said.
Multiple Republicans tell ABC News they hope to move quickly to a vote to acquit the president as early as Saturday, ahead of his State of the Union address on Tuesday.
ABC News’ Trish Turner caught up with McConnell as he arrived at the Capitol Thursday morning. Asked if he has the votes he needs to win the day Friday on witnesses, he responded, “We’ll see what tomorrow brings.” Then, when asked if he felt confident about the vote, he turned his head and with a sly grin and said, “I always do.”