Key GOP senator a 'no' on witnesses, coronavirus sparks travel warnings, and this year's Super Bowl ads: The Morning Rundown
With Sen. Lamar Alexander's announcement, President Donald Trump's impeachment trial is likely to end quickly.
"There is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the United States Constitution’s high bar for an impeachable offense," Alexander wrote in a lengthy statement explaining his reasoning.Drew Angerer / Getty Images
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With a key GOP vote against witnesses, President Donald Trump's impeachment trial may reach a hasty conclusion today. Plus the coronavirus has been declared a global health emergency, and Britain will officially bid the European Union goodbye.
Alexander said in a lengthy Twitter thread late Thursday that he believed witnesses would be a waste of time since he felt Democrats had successfully proven their case, but Trump’s actions nonetheless did not warrant impeachment.
His decision indicates Republicans may have enough support to block a vote on calling more witnesses in the trial and could move toward a quick acquittal of the case later today.
Two other members of the quartet of potential GOP swing voters, Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah and Susan Collins on Maine, said they will vote in favor of calling more witnesses.
But the Democrats' push to hear from the likes of John Bolton seems poised for defeat.
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Some will gather outside the Houses of Parliament to celebrate at 11 p.m. (6 p.m. ET) what they see as a new dawn for a buccaneering, independent U.K., free of undemocratic control by Brussels. In reality, almost nothing will change overnight.
Former senior civil servants and academics have told NBC News that this second phase will be the toughest part of Brexit yet, with the U.K. forced to make concessions and compromises along the way on trade and security.
With the Iowa caucus on Monday, the 2020 race for the White House will officially kick off.
Check out NBC News’ interactive electoral vote map to see scenarios for each party’s path to the presidency in 2020, with commentary and picks from NBC News elections experts Chuck Todd and Steve Kornacki.