Trump impeachment: Senate votes to reject calls for witnesses

Donald Trump appears to be a step closer to being acquitted in his impeachment trial after senators rejected efforts to call witnesses.

The outcome was widely expected after a key Republican, Senator Lamar Alexander, announced he did not need to see or hear more evidence.

Senator Lamar Alexander said he did not need to see or hear more evidence
Image:Senator Lamar Alexander said he did not need to see or hear more evidence

He said the Democrats had proved their case, that the US president abused power and obstructed Congress, but Mr Alexander did not think the actions rose to the impeachable level.

To hear more witnesses, it would have taken four Republicans to break with the 53-seat majority and join with all Democrats in demanding more evidence, but the vote was defeated 51-49 on a near party-line ballot.

Only two Republicans, Mitt Romney and Susan Collins, broke with their party and voted with Democrats.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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