Senate strikes deal, bypassing calling impeachment witnesses

Source: The Hill | February 13, 2021 | Jordain Carney

House impeachment managers, former President Trump’s legal team and top senators struck a deal on Saturday that will let the Senate bypass calling additional witnesses.

The agreement comes after senators were caught flat-footed by a request from Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), the House impeachment manager, to depose Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), who has hammered Trump for his actions after the Capitol attack on Jan. 6.

Instead, the Senate entered a statement Herrera Beutler released on Friday night into the trial record.

The move will allow the Senate to bypass calling additional witnesses—a process that senators warned could prevent Trump’s second impeachment trial for days if not a number of weeks.

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