House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has criticized Senate Republicans who voted to block impeachment witnesses and documents in the Senate trial, calling them “accomplices” to President Donald Trump’s cover-up.
“The Senate Republicans’ vote against calling witnesses and compelling documents in the impeachment proceedings makes them accomplices to the President’s coverup,” Pelosi said in a press release on Friday, Jan. 31.
“The president was impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. He is impeached forever,” Pelosi said, adding, “There can be no acquittal without a trial. And there is no trial without witnesses, documents, and evidence.”
The Republican-led Senate voted 51-49 to block new witnesses and documents on Friday, which would put an end to Democrats’ efforts to extend the president’s impeachment trial.
Two Republican senators, Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), voted with the Democratic Party, while no Democrats joined the Republican majority.
The vote, a significant win for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), will pave the way for Senate Republicans to acquit President Trump on two articles of impeachment passed by the House.
“It is a sad day for America to see Senator McConnell require the Chief Justice of the United States to preside over a vote, which rejected our nation’s judicial norms, precedents, and institutions to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law,” Pelosi continued.
President Trump took to Twitter to express his reaction, saying, “No matter what you give to the Democrats, in the end, they will NEVER be satisfied.”
“GAME OVER!” he tweeted after the vote.