WHAT NEXT IN THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL AFTER THE “NO WITNESSES” VOTE?
The Senate voted Friday to not allow witnesses to testify in President Trump’s impeachment trial, paving the way for his likely acquittal next week — but two days of long speeches and a final Senate floor vote still stand in the way of his declaring victory.
Here’s what’s up ahead:
Senators have the coming weekend off — and the four Democrats who are running for president, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bennet — are expected to make a one-day dash to Iowa for some last-minute campaigning ahead of Monday’s caucuses.
On Monday, the entire Senate will reconvene as a court of impeachment at 11 a.m., with each side given two hours to deliver closing arguments. Attendance is mandatory.
At 3 p.m., the chamber goes back to being the Senate and Chief Justice John Roberts will stop presiding. Senators will then begin delivering individual remarks on the floor about their thoughts on the trial.
On Tuesday, Senators will spend all day speaking on the floor. Attendance is optional.
At 9 p.m., President Trump delivers his State of the Union address on the House floor.
On Wednesday, the remaining senators will be able to make their final remarks on the floor about the reason behind their vote. At 4 p.m. the court of impeachment reconvenes, and Roberts will preside over the vote on the two articles of impeachment. President Trump is expected to be acquitted.