GOP Senators Prepare an Aggressive 'Plan B' After Democrats Begin Showing Support for Acquittal

Up until recently, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans have been hopeful for a very quick trial in the Senate. This includes being able to prevent new witnesses such as John Bolton from being called to testify.

Ted Cruz said before the commencement of the trial, he thought that the whole thing should be over by February. This was before Nancy Pelosi held on to the articles of impeachment for 33 days though as well.

With some Republicans on the fence about whether or not to allow witnesses to be called to testify, McConnell is working up a Plan B which we could see on Friday depending on how things go. But based on the most recent "poll" if you can call it that, there may be enough votes to block witnesses and acquit the President.

According to Fox News,

One plan is to amend any resolution calling for a particular witness to also include a package of witnesses that wouldn't win enough support in the Senate. For example, if the Democrats seek to call former National Security Advisor John Bolton, Republicans might seek to question Hunter Biden over his lucrative board position in Ukraine, or Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., over his inconsistent statements concerning his panel's contacts with the whistleblower at the center of the impeachment probe.

"After listening to the Dems’ 20+ hours of argument and the rebuttal arguments from @realDonaldTrump, I’ve got lots of questions for the Dems," tweeted Missouri GOP Sen. Josh Hawley on Tuesday. "Like this one: Why did Schiff lie about his contact with the 'whistleblower'? More to come!"

The "package deal" proposal could afford moderate Republicans the political cover of voting in favor of witnesses, while ultimately rejecting a witness package. Any witness resolution would likely require four Republican defections. Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate, and in the event of a 50-50 tie, Chief Justice John Roberts is highly likely to abstain.

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