Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is fighting with failed presidential candidate and current Senator Mitt Romney over whether or not to have witnesses in President Trump’s Senate trial.
Mitt wants them and McConnell doesn’t and it appears McConnell is winning.
According to The Hill:
The fight over calling additional witnesses at President Trump‘s impeachment trial has turned into a struggle for influence between Mitch McConnell and Mitt Romney.
The two Republican leaders — one the Senate majority leader, the other the GOP’s 2012 nominee for president — have two very different agendas.
McConnell has staked his reelection to a seventh term on helping Trump implement his agenda and has made clear that he is closely coordinating trial strategy with the White House.
Romney doesn’t have the immediate pressure of reelection and has told allies that he’s more interested in the role of elder statesman than climbing the Senate’s power ladder.
McConnell has announced that he believes he has the votes to block witnesses meaning he has convinced enough GOP senators that witnesses would be a mistake.