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Andrew McCarthy: In Trump impeachment trial, Senate right to block new witness testimony

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The Senate was right to vote Friday against hearing new witness testimony at President Trump’s impeachment trial. The Democrats’ demand for new witnesses at the trial was a red herring – a talking point that had some surface appeal but, upon scrutiny, was nonsense.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and the other impeachment managers claim that there have been no witnesses in the trial. They said before the Senate voted 51-49 Friday to block more witnesses that if Republicans did note vote to approve subpoenas for former National Security Adviser John Bolton, among other top current and former administration officials, that the trial will be a “sham” – an exercise in “cover-up.” You can’t have a real trial, was their refrain, unless witnesses are called.

It is nonsense. There have been plenty of witnesses. Schiff’s problem is that the additional witnesses he wanted to call would not change what has already been proved in any meaningful way.

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Obviously, what’s happening in the Senate is not a trial in any familiar sense. We are used to judicial trials. Impeachment presents something completely different, a Senate trial. The Senate is a political body, not a law court.

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In the Senate, there are no trial procedures like those that govern judicial trials. The federal rules of evidence do not apply. Neither do the rules of criminal or civil procedure. You could not have a judicial trial without these rules.

In stark contrast, the Senate trial has featured a mountain of hearsay, press reports read into the record, witnesses testifying about their opinions on subjects they are utterly unqualified to opine on, and so on. None of that would be permitted in a judicial trial.

Even Chief Justice John Roberts – though he is a federal judge, is wearing his robe, and occupies a desk raised above the well – is not sitting as a judge in the usual sense. Under the Constitution, the Senate has the sole power over impeachment trials. The chief justice does not have power over the proceedings as he would in a court.

The Democrats’ problem is not that they’ve been stopped from proving their case. They did prove their case … but their case is, at best, a petty crime, while impeachment is akin to capital punishment

In the impeachment trial, Roberts is the presiding officer, not the judge. The Senate is the judge. For the sake of moving things along, the chief justice is ostensibly permitted to make rulings (for example, his refusal to allow a question from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., relating to the so-called “whistleblower”). But any ruling Roberts makes can be overruled by the Senate.

Remember, ordinarily the vice president is the presiding officer in Senate proceedings. But the framers realized that it would be inappropriate for the vice president to preside over an impeachment trial of the president. To avoid the obvious conflicts of interest, the chief justice was substituted for that purpose. But the task is ministerial, not judicial.

Just as the role of the judge and the governing rules in a Senate impeachment trial are night-and-day different from what takes places in a judicial trial, so too is the manner of presenting witness testimony.

In point of fact, there have been over a dozen witnesses at the impeachment trial. They have not physically come into the Senate and testified. Rather, they testified in the House investigation. Their testimony is all in the record of the Senate trial, and both the House managers and the president’s counsel relied on it in making their arguments.

That is actually not much of a departure from judicial trials. Routinely, in an effort to complete a trial expeditiously, opposing parties enter witness stipulations. These are agreements that, “if X were to be called as a witness, X would testify as follows” – with the two sides then summarizing what they mutually agree with witness would say.

The lawyers do not have to agree on why the testimony is relevant or whether it is true; just that their summary accurately reflects what the witness’ testimony would be if he or she came to court.

In effect, that is what has happened in the impeachment trial. Both sides are assuming that the many witnesses who testified before the House would give exactly the same testimony in the Senate that they gave in the House.

Another salient difference between judicial trials and the Senate impeachment trial is motion practice. In a normal criminal case, for example, there is no guarantee that any witnesses will testify. Instead, the defendant is permitted to make pretrial motions seeking dismissal of the charges – including on the ground that the indictment fails to state a cognizable offense.

When such a motion is made, the judge assumes for argument’s sake that all of the factual claims the prosecutors have made are true.

If the judge grants the motion, it means that even if all the testimony and documentary evidence came out precisely the way the prosecutors have alleged they would come out, the case still has to be dismissed because the charges are legally insufficient. There is thus no need to call witnesses – end of story.

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If that procedure had been available in the Senate trial, the case would have been thrown out without any witnesses.

The consensus position of Republican senators is what Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., announced as his conclusion on Thursday night: The Democratic House managers proved their case that the president pressured Ukraine to conduct investigations that might help him politically; but the allegation does not rise to the level of an impeachable offense – because there ultimately were no investigations, because Ukraine got its U.S. aid and was not harmed, because it was lawful (even if unwise) for Trump to ask Ukraine to look into the activities of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son for purposes of rooting out corruption, and so on.

Republicans have drawn that conclusion based on hundreds of hours of witness testimony set forth in thousands of pages of transcripts and available for viewing on video recordings. There has been plenty of witness testimony.

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The important consideration when it came to Bolton is not whether he would physically show up in the Senate chamber, take the oath, and give testimony. It was whether his testimony would change anything. It wouldn’t. If he testified in a manner that is consistent with press reporting about his soon-to-be-published memoir, it would prove that the president pressured Ukraine for investigations.

The House managers have already proved that.

There is no need to belabor the point. The Democrats’ problem is not that they’ve been stopped from proving their case. They did prove their case … but their case is, at best, a petty crime, while impeachment is akin to capital punishment. It’s not that we approve of petty crime; it’s that petty crime is not a capital case. And even if Bolton testified, it wouldn’t become one.

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Super Bowl LIV: Peyton Manning’s advice to Chiefs, 49ers players battling long week before game

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Peyton Manning knows a thing or two about winning Super Bowls.

The former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos star came away with two rings out of three tries during his career between the two teams. He made an appearance at the DIRECTV NFL Sunday Ticket Lounge in Miami Beach, Fla., on Friday and was asked by ESPN and ABC broadcaster Joe Tessitore what he did to manage Super Bowl week and the advice he can share to players on the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers.

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Manning said players participating in the Super Bowl are going through a challenging week, but it’s important for them to keep their schedules and not get entrapped in the chaos.

“The advice that I got was to do the same thing you normally did all season. If you took your wife out to eat on Friday night, do that now, here. Do the things that got you here,” Manning said. “For some reason, some teams and some players would be like, ‘OK I’m at the Super Bowl, I gotta do things [that] are totally different. I gotta stay out ‘til midnight watching film. I don’t need to lift weights’ … and then get totally out whack, and when they get to the game they don’t feel comfortable.”

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Manning said he was sure that both teams’ head coaches will have things under control.

“I really feel like Andy Reid, who’s been here before, and Kyle Shanahan, who saw his dad coach a Super Bowl-winning team, they’ll handle all of that,” he added.

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It will be the first Super Bowl for many players on Sunday.

Chiefs players Patrick Mahomes, Damien Williams, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are among the stars playing in their first big game, and 49ers players George Kittle, Raheem Mostert and Deebo Samuel are all getting their feet wet, as well.

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GOP blocks witnesses in Senate impeachment trial, as final vote could drag to next week

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Republicans in the Senate secured enough votes Friday evening to reject Democratic efforts to extend the Trump impeachment trial and call new witnesses, as the final vote on whether or not to remove President Trump from office could drag into next week.

After hours of debate during the day, the Senate voted 51 to 49 to block a Democratic motion to call new witnesses. The vote came after vehement demands from Democrats to call former national security adviser John Bolton to testify about the Trump-Ukraine saga.

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Two Republicans — Utah Sen. Mitt Romney and Maine Sen. Susan Collins — voted with Democrats for new witnesses.

It’s unclear exactly what comes next. The final up-and-down vote — amid the widespread expectation that Trump will be acquitted in the end — could continue into next week, as senators must contend with motions and potential debate by senators on the floor or in closed session.

“Senators will now confer among ourselves, with the House managers, and with the president’s counsel to determine next steps as we prepare to conclude the trial in the coming days,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a statement after the vote on witnesses.

McConnell and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer have not yet hammered out a proposal on how to move forward, Schumer said Friday afternoon, but signaled that Democrats may try to force a debate and put senators in a position where they’d have to defend their votes.

“We are going to use whatever power we have… to prevent it from being rushed through, but right now there is no agreement,” Schumer said earlier Friday during a break in the trial.

The timing is especially fluid since the resolution senators passed to open the impeachment trial does not prescribe how to end it. That means the length of motions and timing for procedures are being developed on the fly.

Earlier Friday, it became apparent that Republicans had the votes to shut down any new witnesses from testifying in the trial, with Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announcing they wouldn’t defect.

While they won’t get the witnesses, Democrats want to ensure senators take the time to debate the issue anyway — and in public.

“Mitch McConnell wants this over as fast as possible with as little attention as possible,” Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said Friday. “That’s why today I’m going to fight to ensure the American people can hear our deliberations.”

Brown has teamed up with Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on two motions to prevent closed-door deliberations and force senators to explain their votes in public.

Unlike typical Senate votes, the rules for impeachment require that any debate among senators take place in secret. Each senator can speak for 10 minutes apiece on a vote on witnesses and 15 minutes each on the final question of whether or not to acquit the president.

Democratic senators will put forth two motions that will force a debate on the two big looming votes — witnesses and the articles of impeachment — which would automatically extend the time of the trial. They propose that the debate be out in the open, rather than in a closed session.

The motions would need the support of 51 senators to pass.

Blumenthal rejected any criticism that Democrats are trying to extend the trial until past the Iowa caucuses, which would keep four 2020 White House hopefuls away from the campaign trail and past Trump’s planned State of the Union address on Tuesday.

He said the timing of these events “are totally irrelevant.”

“Pardon me for seeming somewhat cavalier about it, but we’re talking about an impeachment trial. Nothing we do as senators will be more important,” Blumenthal said.

Democrats making the case for more witnesses in the trial were dumbfounded that Republicans wouldn’t sign on, especially as new information kept leaking out in real-time.

Shortly before the trial resumed on Friday, The New York Times broke another story on ex-national security adviser John Bolton’s manuscript. In it, Bolton claims Trump directed him to help with his pressure campaign to get damaging information on Democrats from Ukraine.

Trump gave the orders during a May Oval Office meeting that included White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, the president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who is spearheading Trump’s defense in the impeachment trial, the report said.

“How absolutely outrageous that The New York Times should be doing the investigative work that the Senate is too cowardly to do?” Blumenthal said. “You know we should be thankful we have a free press that is uncovering the truth… They are doing the job that the United States Senate should be doing, but it has abdicated its responsibility.”

Trump has denied Bolton’s claims and dismissed him as a disgruntled ex-employee trying to sell a book.

“I never instructed John Bolton to set up a meeting for Rudy Giuliani, one of the greatest corruption fighters in America and by far the greatest mayor in the history of N.Y.C., to meet with President [Volodymyr] Zelensky. That meeting never happened,” Trump said in a statement.

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Several GOP senators grumbled at the prospect of the trial continuing past Friday. Many expressed frustration that Trump got impeached on what they believe is a flimsy case and they want the trial to end as soon as possible.

“Let’s go and get this over with for the sake of the American people,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said.

Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., said Trump will be able to give a State of the Union address on Tuesday successfully even if he hasn’t been acquitted just yet.

“He would be able to do almost anything most other individuals couldn’t,” Braun said.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

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Stuart Varney: Poll trashes narrative that America under President Trump is ‘unhappy, bigoted’

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Fox Business host Stuart Varney argued that a narrative from “Democrats and the media” that Americans are “unhappy, bigoted, stupid and bad” has been destroyed by a new survey showing that the vast majority of folks are satisfied with their lives and believe that the country is improving on multiple fronts.

“Step away from politics for a moment. Ignore the media. How do we really feel about our lives, our society?” said Varney on Fox Nation’s “My Take.”

“Well, well, well, contrary to all the negativity splashed across our screens every day, Gallup found 84 percent of us are satisfied with the overall quality of our lives,” he continued.

The Gallup survey, conducted from Jan. 2 to 15, also found since Trump’s inauguration there has been double-digit increases in public satisfaction with the nation’s economy, security from terrorism and military strength.

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Feelings of satisfaction also increased with issues that some the president’s critics accuse him of exacerbating, including race relations, income distribution and opportunities to get ahead.

“This is the exact opposite of what we’ve been told by the Democrats and the media. Truth is, the elites have been carried away by their hatred of President Trump,” said Varney.

Gallup noted that “average satisfaction is roughly on par with the level of the early 2000s” at a time when Americans generally expressed feelings of patriotism following the September 11th attacks.

“The jig is up,” Varney contended. “President Trump has won on virtually all fronts.”

“Impeachment has become an embarrassment for the Democrats. The economy is a triumph of tax and red tape reform… And with nine months to the election, the president’s opponents are bitterly divided and frankly misguided,” concluded Varney. “276 days to the election, President Trump is riding high.”

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Stuart Varney: Poll trashes narrative that America under President Trump is ‘unhappy, bigoted’

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Fox Business host Stuart Varney argued that a narrative from “Democrats and the media” that Americans are “unhappy, bigoted, stupid and bad” has been destroyed by a new survey showing that the vast majority of folks are satisfied with their lives and believe that the country is improving on multiple fronts.

“Step away from politics for a moment. Ignore the media. How do we really feel about our lives, our society?” said Varney on Fox Nation’s “My Take.”

“Well, well, well, contrary to all the negativity splashed across our screens every day, Gallup found 84 percent of us are satisfied with the overall quality of our lives,” he continued.

The Gallup survey, conducted from Jan. 2 to 15, also found since Trump’s inauguration there has been double-digit increases in public satisfaction with the nation’s economy, security from terrorism and military strength.

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Feelings of satisfaction also increased with issues that some the president’s critics accuse him of exacerbating, including race relations, income distribution and opportunities to get ahead.

“This is the exact opposite of what we’ve been told by the Democrats and the media. Truth is, the elites have been carried away by their hatred of President Trump,” said Varney.

Gallup noted that “average satisfaction is roughly on par with the level of the early 2000s” at a time when Americans generally expressed feelings of patriotism following the September 11th attacks.

“The jig is up,” Varney contended. “President Trump has won on virtually all fronts.”

“Impeachment has become an embarrassment for the Democrats. The economy is a triumph of tax and red tape reform… And with nine months to the election, the president’s opponents are bitterly divided and frankly misguided,” concluded Varney. “276 days to the election, President Trump is riding high.”

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says Super Bowl LIV will ‘easily’ generate $1B in revenue

Super Bowl LIV will “easily” generate $1 billion in revenue, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told “Sunday Morning Futures” host Maria Bartiromo in an exclusive interview airing on Fox News Channel Sunday.

Goodell said that the Super Bowl becomes “bigger and bigger every year.”

“And, it becomes more complicated because of that. But, that’s also the fun of it. Because more people share in it. And, more people have an opportunity to be part of the Super Bowl,” he said.

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The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers will go head-to-head Sunday for the NFL championship in Miami, Florida. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. ET, with coverage beginning at 2 p.m. ET on Fox.

Both teams were among the top seeds in the NFL Playoffs and won their conference championship games decisively.

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The NFL celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2019, with last year’s Super Bowl in Atlanta marking the beginning of the league’s “NFL 100” initiatives, events, and programs.

“We are proud of our 100-year anniversary. It’s been a wonderful celebration for us, so that’s great,” said Goodell, who noted that both teams in Super Bowl LIV have storied histories.

The Chiefs are appearing in the Super Bowl for the first time since 1970, when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in Super Bowl IV. San Francisco has won five Super Bowls, but have not lifted the Lombardi trophy since 1995. Colin Kaepernick led the 49ers to their most recent Super Bowl appearance in 2013, but San Francisco fell 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.

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“We’re excited about the game, of course,” Goodell said, ” but the event is more than a football game.”

“It’s something very special that people look forward to and plan around. It’s essentially become its own holiday,” he stated.

The buildup to the big game has been overshadowed in some respects by the sudden loss of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, who died alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash in Southern California.

Goodell said that crash was a terrible “tragedy.”

“I think it’s hard for all of us to fathom that kind of sadness,” he told Bartiromo.

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“And, it unfolded pretty much during the middle of our Pro Bowl last week,” Goodell continued. “So, we began [tributes] immediately. His picture was up in the stadium making our fans aware of the sad news — paying tribute to him. A moment of silence. We did it again on Monday night,”

“So, we’ve continued to keep him, his family, everybody, in our thoughts and prayers. And, obviously, had opportunities for our players to express their sadness about the entire circumstance,” he added.

Watch Maria Bartiromo’s exclusive interview with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on ‘Sunday Morning Futures’ at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday, February 2.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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Chuck Schumer scolds Kamala Harris for laughing with Sherrod Brown at impeachment presser, goes viral

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An awkward exchange between Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., became a viral sensation on Friday amid the ongoing Senate impeachment trial of President Trump.

Schumer, joined by Harris, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., held a press conference on Friday as Democrats continued to pressure Senate Republicans to allow additional witnesses to give their testimony. But as a reporter began asking a question to the lawmakers, Harris was seen having a good chuckle with her Ohio colleague, prompting the minority leader to halt Harris’ laughter.

Harris responded with a facial expression of her own.

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The moment was shared on social media, and immediately sparked criticism and mockery against the Senate Democrats.

“Remember: Democrats said that #impeachment was ‘sad’ and ‘somber.’ Did Senator Harris not get the memo?” the House Oversight Committee Republicans official Twitter account wrote.

“Schumer: ‘You have the right to remain silent,'” Washington Examiner writer Siraj Hashmi said.

“When you worked really hard on the presentation but the rest of the team that didn’t do any work won’t stop giggling behind you,” filmmaker Anang Mittal reacted.

“Chuck Schumer, quite literally, wants Kamala Harris to curb her enthusiasm,” The Daily Wire wrote on Twitter, sharing an edited version of the clip that included the theme music from Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

The moment had already inspired a gif.

On Thursday night, Democrats had sparked another viral moment when Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., appeared to steal the podium from leading House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., at the end of the second day of questioning by the Senate jurors.

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After Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts read the last question for the House managers, Nadler was seen jumping out of his chair and rushing to the center podium, quickly getting the attention of Schiff, who also leaped from his seat.

“Jerry. Jerry. Jerry,” Schiff is heard saying as he took a few steps towards Nadler, but failed to stop him from speaking.

The moment also sparked plenty of laughs on social media.

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Missouri mom who looks like Meghan Markle stuns the Internet

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A Missouri mom resembling Meghan Markle has the internet doing double-takes after a photo with her daughter on Instagram went viral.

Akeisha Land, who runs her daughter Greyson’s Instagram account, posted an “usie” on Monday to show off their matching sweatshirts with “LOVE” written on them.

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Instagram users, however, were much more interested in the uncanny likeness between Land and the Duchess of Sussex, who is arguably the most talked-about woman in the world at the moment.

In the photo, the mom slightly smirks, showing no teeth. Her rosy cheeks and brown eyes undoubtedly resemble those of the famous royal.

The comments section was flooded with messages from Instagram users pointing out the obvious doppelganger vibes.

“For a moment I thought you were Meghan Markle,” one user commented, as did hundreds of others.

“Do people tell you all the time that you look like @hrhofsussex?! Both gorgeous!” another person wrote.

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Because the Instagram account is used to primarily post pictures of her daughter, Land said she was shocked and overwhelmed by the fanfare.

“Literally every comment is about me. Normally it’s like, ‘Oh, she’s so cute,’ and that sort of thing but it’s all about me this time. It’s very different!” Land told E! News.

The mother of two said that despite her striking resemblance to Markle, she doesn’t keep up much with the happenings of the American actress-turned-British royal. She does, however, take the comparisons as a “huge compliment.”

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“I think she’s gorgeous so to be mistaken for a royal is definitely quite a compliment,” Land said.

Thanks to the overnight success, Land said she’s now considering using her Meghan Markle looks to land professional gigs.

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“If they want me to go to a party as her, I’m your girl,” she said.

“I am going to start to try to be more in front of the camera,” she added. “I definitely want to put myself out there more and not just my kiddos.”

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Dems work to draw out impeachment finale, potentially pushing final vote into next week

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The Senate impeachment trial is increasingly expected to drag out until next week — and potentially through President Trump‘s planned State of the Union address on Tuesday night — despite the widespread expectation of acquittal in the end.

Sources familiar with negotiations tell Fox News the trial cannot end on Friday and will continue into next week — possibly Wednesday — as senators must contend with motions and potential debate by senators on the floor or in closed session.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer have not yet hammered out a proposal on how to move forward, Schumer said Friday afternoon, but signaled Democrats may try to force a debate and put senators in a position where they’d have to defend their votes.

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“We are going to use whatever power we have… to prevent it from being rushed through, but right now there is no agreement,” Schumer said during a break in the trial.

The timing is especially fluid since the resolution senators passed to open the impeachment trial does not prescribe how to end it. That means the length of motions and timing for procedures are being developed on the fly.

One portion of the trial did come into focus Friday: Republicans have the votes to shut down any new witnesses from testifying in the trial after Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced they won’t defect.

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While they won’t get the witnesses, Democrats want to ensure senators take the time to debate the issue anyway — and in public.

“Mitch McConnell wants this over as fast as possible with as little attention as possible,” Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said Friday. “That’s why today I’m going to fight to ensure the American people can hear our deliberations.”

Brown has teamed up with Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on two motions to prevent closed-door deliberations and force senators to explain their votes in public.

Unlike typical Senate votes, the rules for impeachment require that any debate among senators take place in secret. Each senator can speak for 10 minutes apiece on a vote on witnesses and 15 minutes each on the final question of whether or not to acquit the president.

Democratic senators will put forth two motions that will force a debate on the two big looming votes — witnesses and the articles of impeachment — which would automatically extend the time of the trial. They propose that the debate be out in the open, rather than in a closed session.

The motions would need the support of 51 senators to pass.

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Blumenthal rejected any criticism that Democrats are trying to extend the trial until past the Iowa caucuses, which would keep four 2020 White House hopefuls away from the campaign trail and past Trump’s planned State of the Union address on Tuesday.

He said the timing of these events “are totally irrelevant.”

“Pardon me for seeming somewhat cavalier about it, but we’re talking about an impeachment trial. Nothing we do as senators will be more important,” Blumenthal said.

Democrats making the case for more witnesses in the trial were dumbfounded that Republicans wouldn’t sign on, especially as new information kept leaking out in real-time.

Shortly before the trial resumed on Friday, The New York Times broke another story on ex-national security adviser John Bolton’s manuscript. In it, Bolton claims Trump directed him to help with his pressure campaign to get damaging information on Democrats from Ukraine.

Trump gave the orders during a May Oval Office meeting that included White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, the president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who is spearheading Trump’s defense in the impeachment trial, the report said.

“How absolutely outrageous that The New York Times should be doing the investigative work that the Senate is too cowardly to do?” Blumenthal said. “You know we should be thankful we have a free press that is uncovering the truth… They are doing the job that the United States Senate should be doing, but it has abdicated its responsibility.”

Trump has denied Bolton’s claims and dismissed him as a disgruntled ex-employee trying to sell a book.

“I never instructed John Bolton to set up a meeting for Rudy Giuliani, one of the greatest corruption fighters in America and by far the greatest mayor in the history of N.Y.C., to meet with President [Volodymyr] Zelensky. That meeting never happened,” Trump said in a statement.

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Several GOP senators grumbled at the prospect of the trial continuing past Friday. Many expressed frustration that Trump got impeached on what they believe is a flimsy case and they want the trial to end as soon as possible.

“Let’s go and get this over with for the sake of the American people,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said.

Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., said Trump will be able to give a State of the Union address on Tuesday successfully even if he hasn’t been acquitted just yet.

“He would be able to do almost anything most other individuals couldn’t,” Braun said.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram and Jason Donner contributed to this report.

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Coronavirus declared public health emergency in US

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Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced that the coronavirus has been declared a public health emergency in the U.S. Beginning at 5 p.m. on Feb. 2, U.S. citizens returning from Wuhan will be subject to quarantine.

Azar said that President Trump is also temporarily suspending entry into the U.S. for foreign nationals who pose a risk of transmitting the virus.

The Department of Homeland Security also announced that starting on Sunday, flights coming to the U.S. from China will be funneled through seven airports that are equipped to screen passengers for symptoms of the virus.

While officials continued to insist that the risk of the virus to the American public remains low, Azar said the measures being taken are to help “focus efforts as we are dealing with unknowns.”

This is a developing story.

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