Majority Republicans in the Senate are planning to vote to acquit President Donald Trump of the two articles of impeachment returned by the Democrat-controlled House last month if no witnesses are approved.
The acquittal could come as early as Friday, according to Reuters.
The No. 3 Senate Republican, Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), told reporters on Thursday that “it was possible the trial could end on Friday without Democrats achieving their goal of having witnesses called to testify.”
“The momentum is clearly in the direction of moving to final judgment on Friday. That vote will be Friday,” Barrasso said.
“We still have a couple members who said they want to listen to the answers to questions, but that’s where the momentum is.”
Separately, Senate Judiciary Committee chair Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News that he expects that “the president will be acquitted, and I think it will be this week.”
On Thursday, senators spent the day posing questions to both legal teams — the Democrat House managers and the president’s team.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has been pushing to have a least four Republicans join all of the chamber’s Democrats in attempting to secure testimony from new witnesses including former National Security Adviser John Bolton and current White House officials.
Most Republicans have refused, however, noting that if Democrats wanted more witness testimony they should have called them in the House, where the impeachment investigation is supposed to take place, per the Constitution.