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Trump heads for expected acquittal after witnesses blocked


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The final voting is planned for 4pm (21:00 GMT) on Wednesday, the day after Trump's speech.Trump's acquittal is all but certain in the Senate, where his Republican allies hold the majority and there is nowhere near the two-thirds needed for conviction and removal; nor will he face potentially damaging, open-Senate testimony from witnesses.Despite the Democrats' singular focus on hearing new testimony, the Republican majority brushed past those demands and will make this the first impeachment trial without witnesses. Even new revelations on Friday from former national security adviser John Bolton did not sway GOP senators, who said they had heard enough.That means the eventual outcome for Trump will be an acquittal "in name only", said Democratic Representative Val Demings, a House prosecutor, during the final debate.Trump was impeached by the House last month on charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress as he tried to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden, using military aid as leverage as the ally fought Russia.

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