Courtesy of WaPo:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) indicated in a closed-door meeting with Senate Republicans that he did not yet have enough votes to defeat an effort, expected later this week, to call additional witnesses and evidence in President Trump’s impeachment trial.
Pressure has ramped up to include witnesses after reports that former national security adviser John Bolton says in a book manuscript that Trump directly tied the holdup of nearly $400 million in military assistance to Ukraine to investigations of former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
Trump’s defense team argued Tuesday that Democrats are seeking to remove him from office over policy differences as they offered their third and final day of opening arguments in a Senate trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
I have heard some reporting since this story was posted yesterday that McConnell might be exaggerating the conflict among the Senate Republicans concerning these witnesses and that he might have more control than he is letting on.
That would give some Republicans in tight races the opportunity to pretend they are unsure of their vote when in fact they will jump through whatever flaming hoop Mitch McConnell holds up before them.
And yes I am speaking of Susan Collins, Mitt Romney, and Lisa Murkowski in this case.
So is McConnell losing control over his GOP Senators, or is he playing a game of cat and mouse with the media?
Not sure yet.