Top Democrat: Impeachment verdict is 'preordained'

Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.), the No. 3 House Democrat, weighed in President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Third judge orders Postal Service to halt delivery cuts MORE’s ongoing impeachment trial in the Senate.

Clyburn said Wednesday that even though the trial has been having “all kinds of twists and turns,” he argued that the verdict on Trump’s impeachment already has a “preordained conclusion.”

“All of a sudden now things are beginning to come out,” he told Hill.TV in reference to the trial before adding that he stills believes that “the conclusion is pretty much cut and dry.”

After a months-long investigation, House Democrats voted to impeach Trump on two counts: abuse of power for personal political gain and obstruction of Congress.

Now that the impeachment articles are in the Senate, Republicans in the upper chamber have grown increasingly optimistic about moving to quickly acquit Trump.

If the senators in the GOP-led Senate are able to defeat an effort to call in new witness or compel new documents, they could have the trial wrapped as soon as Friday.

“I’ll let you talk to Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November Trump's Teflon problem: Nothing sticks, including the 'wins' Senate Republican says lawmakers can't 'boil down' what a Court nominee would do in one case like Roe v. Wade MORE, but I’m increasingly optimistic this ends Friday,” Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham neck and neck with challenger in South Carolina Senate race: poll Harris slams Trump's Supreme Court pick as an attempt to 'destroy the Affordable Care Act' Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election MORE (R-S.C.) told Fox News on Tuesday.

Democrats, meanwhile, have been clamoring to have former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonJudge appears skeptical of Bolton's defense of publishing book without White House approval Maximum pressure is keeping US troops in Iraq and Syria Woodward book trails Bolton, Mary Trump in first-week sales MORE appear as a witness in the trial.

According to a report by The New York Times, Bolton said in his forthcoming book that Trump sought to withhold nearly $400 million in security aid to Ukraine until the county agreed to open investigations into his political rivals.

The White House has since sent a letter to the former national security advisor seeking to block parts of the book from being published, arguing that it contains “significant amounts of classified information."

—Tess Bonn