No more witnesses will be called and no more documents will be requested in the impeachment proceedings after a motion to allow just that failed to achieve the minimum requirement of a simple majority in a Senate vote on Jan. 31. The final vote tally was 49 yea – 51 nay.
The vote followed statements from the House Impeachment managers and President Trump’s defense team who both got the opportunity to make their case concerning the vote.
The House managers asked that the Senate vote yes on the decision and give them a week to call witnesses to testify and subpoena key documents. In particular, the House was looking to call the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney; Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff, Robert Blair; Associate Director of National Security Programs at the Office of Management and Budget, Michael Duffey; and former National Security Advisor, John Bolton to testify before the Senate.
The defense team argued that if the Senate allowed the calling of witnesses after the fact the responsibility of investigation as clearly outlined in the constitution would be shifted from the House onto the Senate.
The vote fell mostly along party lines, with all of the Democrat Senators voting in favor of the motion to allow more witnesses, and all but two Republican Senators voting against the motion. The two Republican Senators who voted in favor were Mitt Romney (UT) and Susan Collins (ME).