After key swing-vote Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., came out in opposition to additional witnesses before the impeachment trial vote, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Friday said that now the probability of additional witnesses has “plummeted” and President Trump will soon be acquitted.
“Democrats are gonna vote for additional witnesses. After which the reason they are is that the Residence managers, I reflect, have not proven their case. And so what they contain got to discontinue is factual preserve it delivery as prolonged as seemingly,” Cruz prompt, “Fox Records at Night,” predicting what would reach after Alexander’s announcement.
“They’ve to take in a fishing expedition and factual preserve extending it,” Cruz said.
Alexander launched tiresome Thursday night that he wouldn’t support additional witnesses in Trump’s “shallow, hurried and wholly partisan” Senate impeachment trial, apparently ending Democrats’ hopes of listening to testimony from ragged National Security Adviser John Bolton and paving the potential for the president’s imminent acquittal as soon as Friday night.
“If this shallow, hurried and wholly partisan impeachment were to succeed, it will rip the country apart, pouring gasoline on the hearth of cultural divisions that exist already,” Alexander said. “It could maybe compose the weapon of perpetual impeachment to be frail in opposition to future presidents on every occasion the Residence of Representatives is of a animated political celebration.”
Republicans contain a 53-47 majority in the chamber and can contain the funds for up to three defections when the Senate considers whether to name additional witnesses Friday — a requirement that’s thought about by a straightforward majority vote.
Cruz said that there modified into as soon as greater than ample testimony and the Residence managers contain no longer proven their case.
“The easy proven truth that resolves this case is that a president has the authority and definitely, the accountability, to compare credible allegations of corruption,” Cruz said.
“The Senate’s going to seem at the guidelines, we’ve given all sides a gorgeous trial, the Residence didn’t contain a gorgeous proceeding, it had a one-sided partisan proceeding, we let all sides point to their case, we’re going to seem at the guidelines. I reflect by the end of the weekend, the president goes to be acquitted,” he added.
Fox Records’ Gregg Re contributed to this describe.