Senate may push back final Trump trial vote

Impeachment trial winds down with acquitall seeming all but certain. The question is when.

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January 31, 2020 - 4:39 PM

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) rides an elevator to the Senate floor after announcing that she will vote against subpoenaing witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Trump, on January 31, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by (Mark Wilson/Getty Images/TNS)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is considering pushing off final acquittal in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial until next week under a proposal being negotiated Friday by party leaders.

The situation remained fluid, but senators have indicated they want more time to publicly debate the charges and air their positions on the coming vote, according to a Republican familiar with the proposal but unauthorized to discuss it. The person was granted anonymity.

The shift in timing ahead of Trump’s all but certain acquittal shows the significance of the moment bearing down on senators in voting that would bring to a close the third presidential impeachment trial in American history.

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