The Senate passed rules governing President Trump’s impeachment trial that exclude immediate consideration of new witnesses or evidence.
Republicans early Wednesday voted without any defections to provide a majority needed to pass the resolution. It followed a daylong debate over the rules of a trial that could last for weeks.
While the rule dodges a witness fight for now, key Republicans have signaled they may vote for witnesses later in the trial. Among them is Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who put out a statement Tuesday indicating she is “likely” to vote to subpoena additional witness testimony.
The vote to pass the resolution followed an extended effort by Democrats to force changes to the rules to require witnesses and new evidence upfront.