With a 51—49 vote in the Senate, Republicans have won the right to block new witnesses and documents, it was enough votes to put an end to Democrats’ efforts to extend the president’s impeachment trial.

Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) voted with the Dems in their attempt to force the impeachment trial into a long drawn out affair.

Potential swing-vote Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) voted against the measure. No Democrats joined the Republican majority.

After the result, President Trump took to Twitter.

Donald J. Trump
Jan 30

GAME OVER! pic.twitter.com/yvMa6bPqfy

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2020

“The Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats keep chanting “fairness,” when they put on the most unfair Witch Hunt in the history of the U.S. Congress. They had 17 Witnesses, we were allowed ZERO, and no lawyers. They didn’t do their job, had no case. The Dems are scamming America!”

“No matter what you give to the Democrats, in the end, they will NEVER be satisfied. In the House, they gave us NOTHING!”

No matter what you give to the Democrats, in the end, they will NEVER be satisfied. In the House, they gave us NOTHING!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 1, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement, “There is no need for the Senate to reopen the investigation, which the House Democratic majority chose to conclude and which the managers themselves continue to describe as “overwhelming” and “beyond any doubt.” Never in Senate history has this body paused an impeachment trial to pursue additional witnesses with unresolved questions of executive privilege that would require protracted litigation.”

“The numerous witnesses and 28,000-plus pages of documents already in evidence are sufficient to judge the House managers’ accusations and end this impeachment trial,” said McConnell. He added, “We have no interest in establishing such a new precedent, particularly for individuals whom the House expressly chose not to pursue.”

Senators, House managers, and the president’s counsel will hold discussions to decide how to move forward, and conclude the impeachment trial in the coming days, said McConnell.

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