Key senator Alexander says he will not vote for impeachment witnesses


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator Lamar Alexander said on Thursday that he would vote against calling witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, dealing a blow to Democrats who had hoped to hear from current and former top Trump aides.

Alexander was one of a handful of Republicans that Democrats had hoped would side with them to reach a 51-vote majority necessary to call witnesses and subpoena other evidence.

Reporting by Makini Brice and Andy Sullivan