Senate faces hours of late-night votes without agreement on ending impeachment trial

Senators are bracing for a long impeachment debate and votes late Friday or early Saturday morning as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTop GOP super PAC spent money on NC Democrat Everytown plans ad blitz on anniversary of House background check bill Kentucky state official says foreign adversaries 'routinely' scan election systems MORE (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNew York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff Top GOP super PAC spent money on NC Democrat Hillicon Valley: Intel officials warned lawmakers Russia interfering in 2020 | Pompeo condemns Russian cyberattack on country of Georgia | Tech activists see Kickstarter union as breakthrough | Pentagon agency suffers data breach MORE (D-N.Y.) don’t have an agreement on the endgame.

A Senate Republican aide said McConnell is expected to announce a second organizing resolution Friday afternoon that would set the schedule for the end of the trial and a final up-or-down vote on the two articles of impeachment.

The resolution, which could be offered as an amendment to the original organizing resolution the Senate adopted last Wednesday, is subject to amendment, which means Democrats could force multiple changes to the document, with each vote preceded by two hours of debate.


That means the Senate could battle into Saturday morning over what the trial should look like.

There’s talk of pausing the debate once the resolution is adopted and reconvening early next week to hold the final deliberations before voting on whether to convict or acquit the president.

Senate Republican Conference Chairman John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoSenators to meet with Zelensky after impeachment trial GOP senators defend Sondland, Vindman ousters: They weren't 'loyal' What the impeachment vote looked like from inside the chamber MORE (Wyo.) told reporters one idea is to recess the trial Saturday and Sunday and return Monday to deliberate with a final vote expected Wednesday.

Schumer told reporters Friday afternoon that he had not yet reached an agreement with McConnell and warned Republicans of holding a vote on the articles of impeachment in the wee hours of the night.

“There is no agreement between Leader McConnell and myself,” Schumer said.


“But we Democrats are united in saying we do not want this rushed through. Every senator has an obligation as well as a right to let the people of their states and the American people know why they’re voting on this resolution on witnesses and documents and on whether the president should be convicted,” he said.

Schumer acknowledge Democrats are in the minority but said “we do have some power” and “we will use it to prevent things from just being truncated in the dark of night.”

Schumer pointed to news reports Friday of additional damning revelations in an unpublished book manuscript written by former national security adviser John BoltonJohn Bolton'Parasite' studio fires back after Trump criticism: 'He can't read' Trump swipes at 'little wise guy' Brad Pitt, Korean film 'Parasite' during rally Bolton on impeachment: 'My testimony would have made no difference to the ultimate outcome' MORE. The New York Times reported that Bolton claims Trump asked him in early May to press Volodymyr Zelensky, then the Ukrainian president-elect, to meet with Trump's personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiKerry responds to Trump accusation he violated Logan Act: 'Another presidential lie' Giuliani worked for Dominican Republic candidate amid Ukraine efforts: report Democratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe MORE.

“At 11 o’clock, many of you saw me in [the Senate’s radio and television gallery] and I said sooner or later there are going to be more things that come out. Little did I know, while that was happening The New York Times was publishing another revelation from Mr. Bolton’s book that is a thunderbolt, that is devastating,” he said.

“It is inevitable more information comes out, and it will be drip, drip, drip or it may be thunderbolt, thunderbolt, thunderbolt,” he said. “And every one of our senators who votes against witnesses and documents will rue the day. They will regret it because they are covering up vital information about one of the most important things can happen.”


The New York Times reported that Bolton said he received the instructions from Trump during an Oval Office meeting attended by White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who has led the president’s impeachment defense, and acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyMulvaney confirms he'd have to take a pay cut to be permanent White House chief of staff The Hill's Morning Report — Sanders, Dems zero in on Super Tuesday Issues with CDC coronavirus test pose challenges for expanded screening MORE

Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownTrump pick for Fed seat takes bipartisan fire On The Money: Deficit spikes 25 percent through January | Mnuchin declines to say why Trump pulled Treasury nominee who oversaw Roger Stone case | Lawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts Mnuchin defends Treasury regulations on GOP tax law MORE (D-Ohio) plan to introduce a motion to force deliberations on the final vote to be made open to the public.

The Senate deliberated its verdict behind closed doors in the Clinton impeachment trial.