Trump heads for expected acquittal after witnesses blocked

The United States Senate narrowly rejected Democratic demands to summon witnesses for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial late on Friday, all but ensuring Trump’s acquittal in just the third trial to threaten a president’s removal in the US history. But senators pushed off final voting on his fate to next Wednesday.

The delay in timing showed the weight of a historic vote bearing down on senators, despite prodding by the president eager to have it all behind him in an election year and in the run-up to his State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

The United States Senate narrowly rejected Democratic demands to summon witnesses for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial late on Friday, all but ensuring Trump’s acquittal in just the third trial to threaten a president’s removal in the US history. But senators pushed off final voting on his fate to next Wednesday.

The delay in timing showed the weight of a historic vote bearing down on senators, despite prodding by the president eager to have it all behind him in an election year and in the run-up to his State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

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