Here is the statement issued by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:01.31.20
McConnell Statement on Next Steps in Senate Impeachment Trial
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement today regarding the Senate Impeachment Trial:
A majority of the U.S. Senate has determined that 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.
There is no need for the Senate to re-open 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. We have no interest in establishing such a new precedent, particularly for individuals whom the House expressly chose not to pursue.
Senators will now confer among ourselves, with the House Managers, and with the President’s counsel to determine next steps as we prepare to conclude the trial in the coming days.
Representatives from Arizona also responded via Twitter. If other comments are noted, they will be posted here.
There have already been 17 witnesses, 13 of which were used during the trial. There’s simply no need to call any more. It’s time to acquit and move on! pic.twitter.com/xL2VjJL2Vc— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) January 31, 2020
Powerful case made by President @realDonaldTrump's attorney @JaySekulow, walking through the witnesses called by the Democrats in the House impeachment case & highlighting that the President was not allowed to cross examine any of those witnesses.— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) January 31, 2020
Democrats did have witnesses. pic.twitter.com/0z7FMst78Y
Democrats got their witnesses, 17 of them.— Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (@RepDLesko) January 31, 2020
Republicans got 0. ZERO!
It's time to acquit President @realDonaldTrump.