Sen. John Thune talks with reporters outdoors his workplace on Wednesday, January 29. Steve Helber/AP/FILE
Talking off-camera to reporters, Senate Majority Whip John Thune detailed the plans for Friday night time — assuming the witness vote goes down. That is nonetheless fluid, and there’s nonetheless a good quantity of uncertainty, based on Thune.
However the course of he laid out probably appears like this:
He mentioned that after 4 hours of debate, there can be a vote on whether or not to name witnesses and search paperwork.
Assuming that fails, he thinks that every facet might wish to huddle and focus on their subsequent steps.
Then, he thinks that Majority Chief Mitch McConnell would make a movement to go to ultimate arguments, the place each the Home managers and protection group would make their ultimate circumstances.
However that movement to go to ultimate arguments is amendable, he mentioned. Meaning Democrats may provide any variety of amendments to tug out the proceedings.
If the senators resolve they wish to deliberate, they’ll vote to enter closed session. Thune made clear he doesn’t favor going behind closed doorways.
He mentioned there’s vital help within the GOP convention to going to the ultimate votes tomorrow night time, regardless of how late it’s. He sidestepped a query in regards to the optics of acquitting Trump in the dark. However he mentioned it is all the time potential that a ultimate vote might be delayed to Saturday relying on how issues go.
“I can inform you that we’ve a excessive degree of curiosity in simply getting this finished,” he mentioned.