Nancy Pelosi: President Trump ‘Will Not be Acquitted’
House speaker says the president will not be exonerated
Pelosi told reporters, Trump "will not be acquitted.”
“You cannot be acquitted if you don't have a trial," the House speaker added.
"And you don't have a trial if you don't have witnesses and documentation.”
The Senate is preparing to vote Friday on whether to end the trial and to vote on the two impeachment charges or call new witnesses and seek documents from the Trump administration.
Meanwhile, three Democrat senators are expected to back Trump and vote to acquit the president in the upper chamber’s impeachment trial.
At least one of the senators have signaled that they could vote in favor of only one impeachment article — the abuse of power — but oppose obstruction of Congress.
Additionally, the Senate Republican majority is increasingly confident they can defeat a motion to call new witnesses.
The party controls 53 votes, and at least three Republicans are considering a vote to call witnesses.
But a 50-50 vote would mean the motion would fail, and no new witnesses would be summoned.
In the event of a tie, the House Speaker said the Senate should let Chief Justice John Roberts be the tiebreaker.
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But earlier in the trial, Senate Republicans blocked a motion to authorize Roberts to subpoena witnesses and documents.
“Republican-appointed in a Republican majority court,” Pelosi said.
“I would think that they would have confidence in the chief justice of the United States. That's his — really his title. And that's interesting to me, that they're afraid of breaking a tie with a chief justice of the United States.”
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell met with Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a key Republican swing vote.
Murkowski said she is undecided on how she will vote but expressed interest in hearing witness testimony
Earlier this week, the Democratic House impeachment managers spent 24 hours highlighting their case for the removal of the president.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) ridiculed Pelosi earlier this month saying the President will be “acquitted forever of these bogus charges.”
Pelosi faced backlash earlier this month for her not so "solemn or prayerful" remarks about President Trump's impeachment, gleefully reminding him he is "impeached forever" during her appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher."