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Trump's trial may hinge on Lamar Alexander

Posted On: Jan 24, 2020   |   Posted By: Politico

Trump's trial may hinge on Lamar Alexander

If you want to know how President Donald Trump's impeachment trial could play out, keep your eye on Lamar Alexander.
On the most important question of the trial - whether or not to subpoena witnesses - the 79-year-old Tennessee Republican is a wild-card. Privately, senior Senate Republicans expect the vote to seek witness testimony to fail, but they are watching Alexander and several other Republicans closely. And wherever Alexander comes down is almost sure to be the majority position in the Senate.
Three GOP senators have expressed some level of support for calling witnesses, and if they joined all Democrats, it would result in a 50-50 tie and likely be defeated. Unless Chief Justice John Roberts shocked Washington by wading in with a tie-break, Democrats need one more Republican to break ranks and upend GOP plans for a swift Trump acquittal.
That's got both parties eagerly eyeing Alexander. He's a retiring defender of the Senate as an institution who's occasionally bucked his party, but he also counts...

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