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Newt Gingrich: Adam Schiff’s fake Trump-Putin conversation shows he’s a ‘pathological liar’ and a ‘deranged human being’

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House impeachment manager Adam Schiff, D-Calif., continues to prove he is a “pathological liar” and a partisan as he leads the Democrats’ efforts to convict President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial, Newt Gingrich said Thursday.

Schiff’s description of a hypothetical conversation between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin was the latest example, Gingrich, a former speaker of the House of Representatives, said during an appearance on “The Ingraham Angle.”

“If the president went further and said to Putin in that secret meeting,” Schiff said earlier in the day on the Senate floor. “I want you to hack Burisma, I couldn’t get the Ukrainians to do it. And I’ll tell you what, you have Burisma, and you get me some good stuff, then I’m going to stop sending money to Ukraine.”

“Schiff, personally, is obviously a deranged human being,” Gingrich observed.

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“This is about Schiff. Schiff is a guy who is a pathological liar,” added Gingrich, 76, a Pennsylvania-born former Georgia congressman who served as House speaker from 1995-1999.

He added that he believes Schiff is incapable of distinguishing between truth and falsehood and “lied” for years about Russian collusion.

“It all disintegrated. He looked like a fool. He learned nothing. He came back and lied again and again. Here we are at the end of the cycle, he goes back and decides to lie again. I think somehow people have to decide that Adam Schiff is a compulsive, uncontrollable liar.”

“I think somehow people have to decide that Adam Schiff is a compulsive, uncontrollable liar.”

— Newt Gingrich

Host Laura Ingraham said it was Schiff’s second instance of creating a hypothetical conversation involving the president.

Trump himself has repeatedly lambasted the Burbank Democrat over his remarks to that extent in late 2019.

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“Shorn of its rambling character and in not so many words, this is the essence of what the president communicates,” he said at the time, going on to envision a discussion Trump would have with Ukrainian leaders.

“‘We’ve been very good to your country. Very good. No other country has done as much as we have. But you know what? I don’t see much reciprocity here. I hear what you want. I have a favor I want from you, though. And I’m going to say this only seven times, so you better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand? Lots of it.”

“And I’m going to put you in touch with Rudy. You’re going to love him — trust me. You know what I’m asking and so I’m only going to say this a few more times… And by the way, don’t call me again. I’ll call you when you’ve done what I asked,'” Schiff continued in part.

Gingrich said that if the House of Representatives were a “healthy” body, it would kick Schiff off the Intelligence Committee.

“How can you expect the president and the CIA and others to share secrets with a person who is this profoundly, publicly dishonest?”

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Tulsi Gabbard’s $50M lawsuit against Hillary Clinton moving forward after Clinton’s lawyer accepts legal docs, attorney says

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A lawyer for Hillary Clinton has finally accepted legal documents in connection with a $50 million defamation lawsuit filed by 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, the Hawaii congresswoman’s lawyer told Fox News on Thursday night.

“We look forward to finally moving forward on the merits” of the case, said Brian Dunne, lead attorney representing Gabbard, who is suing over Clinton indirectly referring to her as a “Russian asset” during an October interview.

The development comes after Clinton or her representatives declined to accept the papers in three previous attempts to serve them, Dunne said.

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“Today, after the media picked up this story, Ms. Clinton’s lawyer changed course and agreed to accept service,” Dunne told Fox News in a statement. “We would have preferred that Ms. Clinton just accept federal judicial process in the first instance, without having to be called out by the press, but in any event, Tulsi Gabbard’s lawsuit against her will now be moving forward.”

Fox News left written and phone messages late Thursday for Clinton attorney David Kendall of the Washington law firm Williams & Connolly LLP but did not receive a response.

At a campaign event in Portsmouth, N.H., on Thursday evening, Gabbard hadn’t yet heard that Clinton’s team accepted the legal papers.

“The latest that I’ve heard is that it’s what’s been reported, that she has refused to be served the documents related to the lawsuit,” Gabbard told reporters. “I think this is unfortunate, you know. No one is above the law. This lawsuit is about accountability – not just for me but for all service members and for the American people.”

“No one is above the law. This lawsuit is about accountability – not just for me but for all service members and for the American people.”

— U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, on why she’s suing Hillary Clinton

Clinton had said in an October 2019 interview that one of the Democratic presidential candidates was “the favorite of the Russians” and was being groomed as a third-party candidate for the 2020 general election in November.

Clinton never mentioned Gabbard by name, but when asked to confirm whether the former first lady was referring to Gabbard, Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill responded at the time, “If the nesting doll fits … ” a reference to popular Russian dolls.

Clinton’s response to the lawsuit will likely be due around the end of March, and the first hearing in the case will likely be scheduled around that time, Dunne said.

Dunne said his office previously tried to serve the legal documents to Clinton three times – once at an address said to be a Clinton office, once at the Clintons’ home in Chappaqua, N.Y., and once at Kendall’s office – but the deliveries were rejected each of those times.

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The Clinton office address “turned out to be a mail drop,” Dunne said.

He added that the Chappaqua delivery was denied by Secret Service agents at the Clinton home.

“I have my concerns about the use of Secret Service agents to interfere with service of federal judicial documents, but I digress,” Dunne wrote in his statement.

At Kendall’s office, “our server was told Kendall ‘is not authorized to accept service on behalf of Hillary Clinton,’” Dunne wrote.

Fox News’ Rob DiRienzo and Julia Musto contributed to this story.

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Brexit Day: What To Know When The U.K. Leaves The EU

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More than 3 1/2 years after the landmark Brexit referendum, the United Kingdom will finally leave the European Union at 11 p.m. GMT on Friday.

That means Britain will exit the bloc of 27 remaining countries and the bloc’s economic market of about 450 million people and will begin to forge its own way in the world.

The U.K. has been a member of the EU since 1973. Leaving is one of the biggest, riskiest and most divisive steps the country has taken in decades.

Here are some of the ways Brexit is expected to play out in the near term.

What happens at 11:01 on Friday night. Does trade stop? Do EU citizens living in the U.K. and Brits in the EU have to head back to their respective countries?

No. The U.K. and the European Union will immediately enter a transition period until the end of this year, during which the free movement of people and trade between them will continue as before. There is no expectation of long lines at ports on the English Channel. Britons will no longer be EU citizens, but they will still broadly enjoy the same rights they do now. The U.K. will keep paying into the EU budget during this transition period, but British lawmakers will no longer sit in the European Parliament or help shape EU rules. Next month, British and EU negotiators will begin trying to hammer out a free trade deal to take effect when the transition ends on Dec. 31.

Brexit took a long time. How long will it take for the U.K. to reach a free trade deal with the EU?

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson insists he can get a deal in the next 11 months, but the EU and trade experts are deeply skeptical, given the complexity of such trade negotiations.

There are several scenarios. If the U.K. can’t reach a deal, it could crash out of the EU at the end of this year. Trade would default to World Trade Organization terms, which would place tariffs on some goods and cause pain for the British and, to a lesser extent, the EU economies. Johnson could ask to extend the transition period, but he would face opposition within his Conservative Party. He has also vowed never to request an extension again.

It’s important to remember that the Brexit process does not end on Friday night. Most analysts say that negotiating a new relationship with the EU will be much harder than leaving it.

What might a U.K.-EU trade deal look like?

This is a huge question, and the answer could have a significant impact on the British economy. U.K. treasury chief Sajid Javid has said that there will be no alignment between British and EU regulations in their new relationship, which economists say would create trade barriers and raise costs, potentially hurting the U.K.’s agriculture and auto sectors, among others. Consider this: Many foreign manufacturers built plants in the U.K. to take advantage of its free trade with the EU. If the country’s exports to the EU face tariffs in the future, that might reduce the incentive for foreign companies to invest in the United Kingdom.

The British economy has proved more resilient since the 2016 Brexit vote than many economists expected, but it faces big challenges. The British pound has still not recovered from its sharp drop in value after Britain voted to leave the EU. Unemployment is low, but so is economic growth.

“The fact is that we’re hardly growing at all now,” said Jonathan Portes, an economics professor at King’s College London, who cited troubles with the global and European economies as well as Brexit uncertainty. Portes added that the risks of a recession are “high.”

What does Brexit mean for the U.K.’s special relationship with the U.S.?

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Without the leverage that comes from trading as part of a much larger market like the EU, the United Kingdom is anxious to negotiate a good trade deal quickly with the world’s largest economy, the United States. President Trump supports Brexit; he criticizes multilateral institutions like the EU. On Thursday in London, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that leaving the EU would free up the U.K. and allow it to reduce transaction costs with the United States. Both Pompeo and U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said they thought a deal could be done this year, but trade experts remain skeptical.

Aside from being a longtime ally with shared democratic values, the U.K. has been attractive to the U.S. because it could help America with its agenda in Europe. Once Britain is outside the EU, its influence and therefore its usefulness to Washington are expected to decline.

Brexit strained ties within the United Kingdom. What is the future of Scotland and Northern Ireland?

Scotland voted to stay in the EU, and many there are angry that the U.K. leadership, from their perspective, is dragging them out against their will. Brexit has accelerated discussions in Scotland about breaking away from the U.K. — including the Scottish Parliament’s vote this week to hold a new independence referendum. A binding referendum would need the central U.K. government’s approval, which Johnson says he won’t grant. But if the pro-independence Scottish National Party has a strong showing in next year’s Scottish parliamentary elections, independence supporters will press their case even harder.

Brexit has also accelerated talk of an eventual vote on the reunification of the island of Ireland. Although the Republic of Ireland is staying in the EU, Northern Ireland is leaving the EU with the rest of the United Kingdom. The Brexit withdrawal agreement requires customs checks between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which has infuriated many in Northern Ireland who support remaining a part of the United Kingdom. That said, there are many barriers to Ireland’s reunification, including the cost to the Republic of Ireland of absorbing the considerably poorer north. Any change to the status quo is likely many years away.

What are the main lessons from this long Brexit ordeal?

The Brexit vote is part of a much larger trend in parts of the West that values national sovereignty and independence over political and economic integration. Simply put, it’s a backlash against a long-running trend toward globalization.

British politicians learned that taking a question as complex as membership in the EU to a public referendum is very risky. The British people have found that unraveling decades of relations with the European Union is far more fraught than anyone imagined. Finally, some Britons have discovered — after years of domestic political chaos and the U.K.’s failure to have its way with Brussels — that their country is nowhere near as politically powerful or as influential as they thought.

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Andy Reid says winning Super Bowl LIV would make his former player ‘ecstatic’

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Andy Reid says getting his first Super Bowl ring Sunday with the Kansas City Chiefs would have a dramatic effect on one of his former players.

Brian Mitchell, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles under Reid from 2000 to 2002, said Thursday night at Fleming’s Steakhouse in Miami, alongside Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, that Reid finally breaking through would mean the world to him.

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Mitchell also played for Joe Gibbs and the Washington Redskins at the beginning of his career. He compared the two coaches while stressing that he would be “ecstatic” if Reid and the Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV over the San Francisco 49ers.

“I would be thoroughly ecstatic,” Mitchell said. “I played for Andy Reid for three years. I consider Andy and Joe Gibbs some of the best coaches I’ve ever seen in my life. And when I got to Philadelphia I watched Andy for three weeks and said ‘Man, you remind me so much of Joe Gibbs’ because they were honest, they were prepared and if they told you something you could believe it. Some coaches will tell you whatever they want you want to hear – they’re lying to you. Andy Reid is not like that. Joe Gibbs is not like that.”

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Mitchell said if the Chiefs pull off the victory at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla, that it puts Reid into the Pro Football Hall of fame.

“If he wins, I think his career has been ecstatic. He’s done some great things. But to finish this thing up with a Super Bowl championship – that’s Hall of Fame-caliber. That’s Hall of Fame worthy and I’m pulling for him,” Mitchell said.

“If I had to choose one guy to see get it this year it would be Andy Reid.”

Reid has only appeared in one other Super Bowl – Super Bowl XXXIX. His Eagles lost to the New England Patriots. He is among the most-winningest coaches to have never won the big game.

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For his career, Reid is 207-128-1 in 21 seasons as a head coach between the Eagles and the Chiefs.

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LeBron James Sports New Kobe Bryant ‘Black Mamba’ Tribute Tattoo

Los Angeles Lakers All-Star LeBron James sported a Kobe Bryant tribute tattoo on his left thigh at practice Thursday, apparently reading “Kobe 4 Life,” or “Mamba 4 Life,” referring to Bryant’s nickname, Black Mamba.

Teammate Anthony Davis appeared to have the same ink — on his right thigh — provided by tattoo artist Vanessa Aurelia. She posted videos Wednesday of her working on both men on Instagram Story. “King James my man,” she said in a caption. 

“It’s that time again!” James posted on his Instagram Story. “Working with my girl @Nessaurelia!!” 

The tattoos were still under clear bandages Thursday, so the details aren’t quite clear. But they feature a black mamba snake to honor Bryant, the Laker legend who died in a helicopter crash Sunday with eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.

James plans a tattoo reveal on social media, TMZ reported, likely before the Lakers face off Friday against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. That will be the team’s first game since the fatal crash.

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James posted a heartbreaking tribute Monday to Bryant. The men had spoken shortly before the crash.

“Didn’t think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we’d have,” James wrote on Instagram. “WTF!!” He added: “you mean so much to us all here especially #LakerNation” … Please give me the strength from the heavens above and watch over me.”

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Texans’ Deshaun Watson reflects on which Super Bowl stuck with him the most

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Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has been itching for the opportunity to get his shot at a Super Bowl title but will have to watch the Kansas City Chiefs or San Francisco 49ers win come Sunday.

While he’s hoping for the opportunity soon, Watson said Thursday at Fleming’s Steakhouse in Miami alongside Brian Mitchell that two New England Patriots‘ Super Bowl wins have stuck with him the most – even more so than when he was a child.

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“Not as a kid,” Watson said when he was asked if he had any Super Bowl moments that stuck with him as a child, “But recently the Seattle-Patriots game where Malcolm Butler caught that interception at the end. That game was back and forth.”

He said Super Bowl LI between the Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons made a solid impression on him.

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“The Patriots, I think it was 2016 when I was coming out of college, the Patriots and Falcons down in Houston,” the Texans star said. “The Falcons were up I think 28-3 and Tom Brady came back. Like, especially as a quarterback, you see those moments and you see those opportunities … that is legendary. And for him to come back, in the Super Bowl down 28-3. I mean, it’s incredible. Moments like that are always inspiring.”

He added that he knowns on Sunday that Patrick Mahomes and Jimmy Garoppolo are going to make some good plays and that it’s going to have an effect on him.

“There’s going to be moments in that game where it’s like OK I can’t wait until my opportunity to play and I’m going to make sure I take advantage of it,” he said.

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As far as who wins Super Bowl LIV – Watson said he truly doesn’t know. Mitchell also said that even he wavers back and forth between teams on the daily.

Watson said the key for the Chiefs is to use the offense’s speed to their advantage and try to create some play action in the pocket. For the 49ers, Watson said the 49ers creating pressure on Mahomes was imperative.

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GOP Poised To Block Witnesses — Bolton Testimony All But Ruled Out

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said Thursday he’ll vote against the Senate calling witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, all but eliminating the prospect of individuals like former national security adviser John Bolton testifying and making acquittal almost certain.

Alexander, who is retiring from the Senate after this term, said in a Thursday evening statement that “it was inappropriate for the president to ask a foreign leader to investigate his political opponent and to withhold United States aid to encourage that investigation.”

“But the Constitution does not give the Senate the power to remove the president from office and ban him from this year’s ballot simply for actions that are inappropriate,” he continued, adding that voters should decide whether Trump remains in office.

Four Republicans would need to side with Senate Democrats to allow more witnesses. With Alexander out, it’s extremely likely Republicans will have the votes to reject witnesses and move to conclude the trial.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced late Thursday she will vote to hear from witnesses. Two other Republican senators — Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Mitt Romney (Utah) — have strongly hinted they would vote in favor of allowing witnesses. Murkowski told reporters she would announce her decision on Friday morning. If those three do side with Democrats and the vote results in a tie, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who is presiding over the trial, could be called in to break the tie, although most legal experts agree he’s unlikely to weigh in.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has opposed extending the trial to allow new evidence from additional witnesses, arguing that House investigators should have conducted the necessary subpoenas and that allowing further testimony would unnecessarily drag out the proceedings.

Most Republicans have followed his lead — including some viewed as potential swing voters, such as Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.). Gardner, who is up for reelection in the fall, announced his decision Wednesday.

Despite McConnell’s opposition, Democrats have pressed for witness testimony. Their efforts have focused on Bolton, who declined to participate during the House of Representatives’ impeachment proceedings last year. However, revelations from a leaked draft of Bolton’s forthcoming book renewed scrutiny on the former Trump administration official, particularly his claim that Trump tied military aid for Ukraine to the country announcing it would investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. 

“We have a witness with firsthand evidence of the president’s actions for which he is on trial. He is ready and willing to testify. How can Senate Republicans not vote to call that witness and request his documents?” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a Monday news conference. “We’re all staring a White House cover-up in the face.” 

Although Alexander said he did not need to hear from witnesses, he suggested he agrees with the impeachment managers that Trump pressured the Ukrainian government to investigate a political rival ― he just doesn’t want to hear from more witnesses about it.  

Alexander said there was “no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the United States Constitution’s high bar for an impeachable offense.” 

“There is no need for more evidence to prove that the president asked Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter; he said this on television on October 3, 2019, and during his July 25, 2019, telephone call with the president of Ukraine,” Alexander said. “There is no need for more evidence to conclude that the president withheld United States aid, at least in part to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens; the House managers have proved this with what they call a ‘mountain of overwhelming evidence.’”

He was more firmly behind Trump in terms of the allegation that he obstructed justice, calling it a “frivolous second article of impeachment that would remove the president for asserting his constitutional prerogative to protect confidential conversations with his close advisers.”

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Rand Paul names alleged whistleblower at press conference after John Roberts blocks his question : Are there possible legal ramifications? “Paul lost the shield of the speech and debate clause,” Laurence Tribe says

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Alan Dershowitz says Democratic senators were ‘impressed’ by his constitutional case for Trump

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Alan Dershowitz, one of President Trump‘s defense lawyers in his Senate impeachment trial, accused the media of misrepresenting his argument that a president can’t be impeached for exerting his executive powers to win an election if he believes his victory is in the public interest.

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“The point I was making was about the senators,” Dershowitz said on “Hannity.” “What I said [was] if you have mixed motives if you are in the public interest and you’re trying to help the public, but you’re also trying to get re-elected, according to [Rep. Adam] Schiff and [Rep. Jerry] Nadler, that’s a crime.

“If you have any inkling of motive to help yourself get reelected, they call that corrupt and they say even a tiny amount of motive to help yourself makes you into a criminal and makes you impeachable.”

Many were quick to attack Dershowitz’s unconventional defense Wednesday, in which he made the case that if Trump’s motive for asking Ukraine for help was “mixed” between the national interest and political gain, it was not impeachable because his intentions were not purely “corrupt.”

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In a bid to clarify his comments Thursday,  Dershowitz told Sean Hannity that he was in no way implying that the president could engage in any activity as long as he considers his reelection to be in the interest of the public, as many critics had said.

“I turned to all the senators and I said, ‘Everybody in this room, every senator, every politician everywhere always has one eye toward reelection and another eye toward the public interest. They almost always think it’s the same. They also think their own election is in the public interest. You can’t make that an impeachable offense,'” Dershowitz explained.

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“I never, ever said or suggested or implied that a president can do anything he wants if he thinks his election will help the public interest,” he added. “That was just a lie, a distortion.”

The Harvard professor slammed “Schiff, Nadler, CNN, and MSNBC” for “distorting his answers,” and said it was their response to his “impressive constitutional argument.”

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“I think the reason they really came after me is they saw after I made my talk and answered those questions, many Senators gathered around me, including Democrats,” Dershowitz said. “They all said how they were impressed by my constitutional presentation.”

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Lamar Alexander Says He’ll Vote Against Witnesses In Trump Impeachment Trial

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said Thursday he’ll vote against the Senate calling witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, all but eliminating the prospect of individuals like former national security adviser John Bolton testifying and making acquittal almost certain.

Alexander, who is retiring from the Senate after this term, said in a Thursday evening statement that “it was inappropriate for the president to ask a foreign leader to investigate his political opponent and to withhold United States aid to encourage that investigation.”

“But the Constitution does not give the Senate the power to remove the president from office and ban him from this year’s ballot simply for actions that are inappropriate,” he continued, adding that voters should decide whether Trump remains in office.

Four Republicans would need to side with Senate Democrats to allow more witnesses. With Alexander out, it’s extremely likely Republicans will have the votes to reject witnesses and move to conclude the trial.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced late Thursday she will vote to hear from witnesses. Two other Republican senators — Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Mitt Romney (Utah) — have strongly hinted they would vote in favor of allowing witnesses. Murkowski told reporters she would announce her decision on Friday morning. If those three do side with Democrats and the vote results in a tie, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who is presiding over the trial, could be called in to break the tie, although most legal experts agree he’s unlikely to weigh in.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has opposed extending the trial to allow new evidence from additional witnesses, arguing that House investigators should have conducted the necessary subpoenas and that allowing further testimony would unnecessarily drag out the proceedings.

Most Republicans have followed his lead — including some viewed as potential swing voters, such as Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.). Gardner, who is up for reelection in the fall, announced his decision Wednesday.

Despite McConnell’s opposition, Democrats have pressed for witness testimony. Their efforts have focused on Bolton, who declined to participate during the House of Representatives’ impeachment proceedings last year. However, revelations from a leaked draft of Bolton’s forthcoming book renewed scrutiny on the former Trump administration official, particularly his claim that Trump tied military aid for Ukraine to the country announcing it would investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. 

“We have a witness with firsthand evidence of the president’s actions for which he is on trial. He is ready and willing to testify. How can Senate Republicans not vote to call that witness and request his documents?” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a Monday news conference. “We’re all staring a White House cover-up in the face.” 

Although Alexander said he did not need to hear from witnesses, he suggested he agrees with the impeachment managers that Trump pressured the Ukrainian government to investigate a political rival ― he just doesn’t want to hear from more witnesses about it.  

Alexander said there was “no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the United States Constitution’s high bar for an impeachable offense.” 

“There is no need for more evidence to prove that the president asked Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter; he said this on television on October 3, 2019, and during his July 25, 2019, telephone call with the president of Ukraine,” Alexander said. “There is no need for more evidence to conclude that the president withheld United States aid, at least in part to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens; the House managers have proved this with what they call a ‘mountain of overwhelming evidence.’”

He was more firmly behind Trump in terms of the allegation that he obstructed justice, calling it a “frivolous second article of impeachment that would remove the president for asserting his constitutional prerogative to protect confidential conversations with his close advisers.”

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