[Politico] Senate to skip town after impeachment vote

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Senators are expected to leave Washington for a four-day weekend after Wednesday’s historic vote on President Donald Trump’s impeachment.

The imminent departure comes after GOP senators had previously warned that the chamber could be tied up for weeks if they agreed to call witnesses in the trial.

“The most likely scenario is that after the votes tomorrow, yeah, we would be out for the week and then pick it up next week,” said Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.).

The Senate is set to vote on Trump’s acquittal Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. The vote comes after an at-times grueling three-week impeachment trial that included late nights and one Saturday session, though it never went for more than five days a week, despite predictions that the Senate would be in six days a week.

Murkowski on impeachment: 'The house failed in it's responsibilities'

The trial proceedings Monday ended around 3 p.m. and Tuesday floor time was reserved for senators who wanted to deliver speeches on the Senate floor about the impeachment process and how they plan to vote. Senators will stay late Tuesday evening for President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

Last week, the Senate underwent a bitter debate about whether to prolong the Senate impeachment trial by calling additional witnesses. That measure failed, in a 51-49 vote. Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah joined all 47 Democrats to vote in favor of hearing more evidence.

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