Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) could play a key role in deciding if witnesses will be called during the Senate impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump.
Fox News reported Tuesday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he does not have enough votes to block impeachment witnesses. The Senate’s will vote on Friday whether or not to allow witnesses to testify.
Democrats need four Republicans to vote against party lines and vote for witnesses. One of the people still undecided and being targeted by liberals is Alexander. The Republican senator told reporters Monday that he would make his decision after the question and answer portion of the trial ended Thursday, according to the New York Post.
“After we’ve heard all the arguments, after we’ve heard the questions and the answers to the questions, after we’ve studied the record, then we’ll have that vote. And at that time I will make a decision about whether we need additional evidence,” he said.
Tom Ingram, Alexander’s former chief of staff, told NBC News that “you can’t predict him.”
“He will hold his counsel, make his own decision and you won’t be sure of it until he makes it known in due course,” he said.
Last week, The Hill reported that Alexander, who is retiring at the end of the year, had concerns about the Ukrainian aid being withheld.
Alexander has taken the direct opposite approach compared to his fellow Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn on the Senate impeachment hearings. While he remains mysterious and quiet about the matter, Blackburn has been one of Trump’s most vocal supporters.
On Wednesday, the first time senator published an opinion piece in the Tennessean where she discredited the Democrat’s impeachment efforts.
“As we speak, the Democratic House managers are panicking over a sudden need for new information. Make no mistake, their demand for witnesses is a trap, and the bait is pure temptation — a “need to know” meant to lure America into a constitutional crisis,” she wrote.
As this important Senate vote looms, the president weighed in on Twitter about potential witnesses being called Tuesday night.
“No matter how many witnesses you give the Democrats, no matter how much information is given, like the quickly produced Transcripts, it will NEVER be enough for them, he said. “They will always scream UNFAIR. The Impeachment Hoax is just another political CON JOB!”
No matter how many witnesses you give the Democrats, no matter how much information is given, like the quickly produced Transcripts, it will NEVER be enough for them. They will always scream UNFAIR. The Impeachment Hoax is just another political CON JOB!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2020
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