Impeachment Day 10 – The Witness Vote

Impeachment Day 10 - The Witness Vote

( – Day 10 of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump was a test of Republican Party unity, and for the most part, they passed. The Senate voted on whether or not to hear from witnesses, along with a few other amendments on Friday, none of which passed.


Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced three amendments pertaining to witnesses. The first amendment was a request to subpoena John Bolton, Mick Mulvaney, Robert Blair, Michael Duffey and documents from the OMB, DOD, White House, and State Department. The four witnesses allegedly have information about the Ukraine aid and phone call. The amendment failed 53-47.

The next amendment was a subpoena to call John Bolton as a witness. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) voted with Democrats but they still came up short, losing 51-49.

The final amendment was another attempt to get information from Bolton. The former national security adviser would have had to submit to a deposition with Chief Justice John Roberts presiding over it. Then he’d have had to testify. Once again Romney and Collins joined Democrats and lost the vote 51-49.


Another Democratic amendment would have required Chief Justice Roberts to rule on document and witness subpoenas, it failed 53-47. Roberts told senators early in the day that he would not break any ties after Schumer asked about it. The chief justice responded:

“If the members of this body, elected by the people and accountable to them, divide equally on a motion, the normal rule is that the motion fails. I think it would be inappropriate for me, an unelected official from a different branch of government, to assert the power to change that result so that the motion would succeed.”

What’s Next

Day 11 of the impeachment trial will take place on Monday. The senators will arrive sometime in the morning and then closing arguments from President Trump’s legal team and the House managers will take place.

A motion to acquit the president is expected next week.

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