As Democratic House Managers walked away from what appears to be the final hours of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump without passing a vote to call more witnesses or documents for examination, political analysts around the country reacted.
According to Daily Caller, CNN’s chief legal analyst, Jeffrey Toobin, summed up the day’s events by admitting that the president walked away from the ordeal with a victory.
“Trump won,” Toobin said. “He’s going to win this trial. He won on the issue of witnesses. He’s going to get acquitted, and that’s how history will remember what went on here.”
Toobin elaborated on the failures of the Senate to call witnesses for further exploration, especially given recent revelations that came out of the manuscript of former national security adviser John Bolton’s upcoming, tell-all book.
“The idea that John Bolton is out there with a book and giving speeches for money and said he’s willing, and having someone leaking the contents of that book daily to the New York Times, and the Senate decided not to hear from John Bolton is just an absolute travesty,” Toobin added during his analysis on Friday night.
A motion to compel witnesses, which likely would have included Bolton and Mick Mulvaney, fell short as Democrats managed to secure only two of the four needed Republican defectors to give them a simple majority win. 51-49 was the final vote total, with Sen. Mitt Romney and Sen. Susan Collins the only GOP senators who sided with Democrats on the issue.
Though rumors swirled on Thursday that an acquittal could come as soon as the weekend, assuming the witness vote failed, new information on Friday suggested that an acquittal vote might not take place until next Wednesday.
Between now and then, several events will take place, including the Iowa caucus vote on Monday and the annual State of the Union address, which will be delivered to the nation Tuesday night by the president.