McConnell: I Have Votes For Trial Without Witnesses

The New York Times reports:

Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, informed Republicans on Tuesday that he planned to move forward with President Trump’s impeachment trial without committing to additional witnesses or admitting new evidence, over the objections of Democrats who are insisting on both.

Mr. McConnell shared his intentions with senators over lunch in the Capitol, declaring that he had the votes he needed — including among moderate Republicans — to proceed with the trial while putting off a final decision on witnesses or new evidence.

That would mean the Senate would tackle those questions after representatives of the House and the president make opening arguments and senators question both sides. Notably, the plan offers no guarantee that senators will hear new testimony beyond what the House’s inquiry gathered last fall.