The move allows for Republicans to bring the trial to a close in the coming days.
By a vote of 51-49, the Republican-controlled Senate stopped Democrats' drive to hear testimony from witnesses.
The U.S. Senate on Friday voted against calling witnesses and collecting new evidence in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, clearing the way for Trump’s almost certain acquittal in the coming days.
U.S. Republican Senator Cory Gardner said on Wednesday he does not support calling witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, the Colorado Politics website reported.
With Republicans refusing to hear the testimony of a man in the room with vital evidence to offer, it’s all over but the shouting. It is disgraceful that, for the first time in any impeachment — judicial or presidential — a Senate trial will refuse to hear a single witness. More troubling, several
The Senate voted 51-49 to refuse to call witnesses. The only Republicans to rebel were Mitt Romney and Susan Collins. The trial may not end soon if senators get to make speeches before voting.
The votes shifts Trump's trial into its final stages.
The Senate will then take Tuesday off ahead of a vote on whether to remove Trump from office on Wednesday afternoon.
In this image from video, Senators cast their vote on the motion to allow additional witnesses and evidence to be allowed in the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. The motion failed with a vote of 51-49. | Senate Television via AP
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday voted to block any witnesses from being called in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, a move that will mark the beginning of the end of the third Senate trial for a president in US history. The vote to acquit the President is a forgone conclusion — but its timing remains up in the air, and it could slip past Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. The Senate voted 51-49 to defeat a [
Republican U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski will vote against a motion allowing witnesses to testify in the Senate's impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, according to CNN and other media reports on Friday as proceedings resumed.