As the closing arguments in President Donald Trump’s impeachment wrap up on the Senate floor, the question of whether or not impeachment witnesses will be called still remains in the air — primarily on the decision of Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, who previously has hinted that he is in favor of calling witnesses.
But according to NBC News, that could all change tonight, as the senator has promised to reveal whether or not he has decided to side with Democrats on the issue of calling witnesses.
Democrats only need four Republican senators to pass a simple majority vote to call witnesses, such as former national security adviser John Bolton — a person who Democrats remain highly interested in hearing from after recent revelations in his upcoming book.
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is another Trump administration official who Democrats have called on to testify.
Stay Tuned: Key swing vote Sen. Lamar Alexander says he's going to announce his decision on witnesses tonight, a decision that will make clear whether the Senate trial will come to a swift conclusion or if it will lead to an unpredictable phase over witnesses and documents.
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) January 31, 2020
Alexander, who is set to retire from Congress after this term, joins a small number of GOP senators who have expressed interest in calling witnesses. The three other GOP senators who have expressed the same interest include Sen. Mitt Romney, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Susan Collins.
Reportedly, during a dinner break in the Senate impeachment trial on Thursday, Alexander met with Murkowski to talk about the witness issue, according to close sources. However, they’re not expected to be coordinated on whatever decision they arrive at.
NBC News reported that Alexander, who previously worked as a two-term governor of Tennessee, has a history of bipartisan relationships, including having worked closely with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in the past on various bills.