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 McConnellGOP scrambles to fend off Kobach in Kansas primary Meadows: Election will be held on November third Don't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency MORE (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerMeadows: 'I'm not optimistic there will be a solution in the very near term' on coronavirus package Biden calls on Trump, Congress to enact an emergency housing program Senators press Postal Service over complaints of slow delivery 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.

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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 BarrassoLatest Trump proposal on endangered species could limit future habitat, critics say Republicans dismiss Trump proposal to delay election Barrasso nuclear bill latest GOP effort to boost uranium mining 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.

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“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 BoltonThe 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence Senate-passed defense spending bill includes clause giving DHS cyber agency subpoena power Bolton defends Cheney amid clash with House conservatives 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 GiulianiNunes declines to answer if he received information from Ukraine lawmaker meant to damage Biden Democratic attorneys criticize House Judiciary Democrats' questioning of Barr Swalwell: Barr has taken Michael Cohen's job as Trump's fixer 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.”

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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 MulvaneyMick MulvaneyFauci says positive White House task force reports don't always match what he hears on the ground Bottom line White House, Senate GOP clash over testing funds MORE

Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownOvernight Defense: Guardsman to testify Lafayette Square clearing was 'unprovoked escalation' | Dems push for controversial Pentagon nominee to withdraw | Watchdog says Pentagon not considering climate change risks to contractors Democrats urge controversial Pentagon policy nominee to withdraw Chamber of Commerce, banking industry groups call on Senate to pass corporate diversity bill 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.