Senator Chuck Schumer has stated that he will force the Senate to vote on possible impeachment witnesses. In order for the Democrats to call witnesses, they will need four GOP Senators to vote with them.
According to The Hill:
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that Democrats will force votes on witnesses at the start of the impeachment trial even as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has secured enough support to delay the decision until mid-trial.
“Make no mistake, on the question of witnesses and documents, Republicans may run but they can’t hide. There will be votes at the beginning on whether to call the four witnesses we’ve proposed and subpoena the documents we’ve identified,” Schumer said.
He added that “America and the eyes of history will be watching what my Republican colleagues do.”
“If every Republican senator votes for a rigged trial that hides the truth, the American people will see that the Republican Senate is part of a large and awful cover-up,” Schumer said.
It appears that McConnell will have the votes necessary, 51, to set up the rules for the impeachment trial without Democrat support.