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The US Senate has spoken out against summoning witnesses in the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. The Congress Chamber decided that with the majority of Trump's Republicans. The Democrats failed to allow new testimony from witnesses close to Trump, including his security advisor, John Bolton, to be heard.

They had hoped for further information that would be burdensome for the President. However, they failed to get four Republican senators on their side to get the majority they needed. The impeachment proceedings against Trump should end soon – presumably with an acquittal of the president.

The U.S. House of Representatives had charged Trump with the majority of Democrats for abuse of power and interference with Congress investigations: Trump is said to have urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj to investigate his democratic rival Joe Biden in order to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election in his favor , The Democrats see it as proven that Trump has made the release of military aid to Kiev and a meeting with Selenskyj in the White House dependent on the announcement of such an investigation. When that came out, Trump did everything he could to block the House investigation. Trump rejects the allegations.

The decision on the two charges lies with the Senate, which takes on the role of a court in impeachment proceedings. The impeachment process there began in mid-January. Initially, the House prosecutors and Trump's defense lawyers had had several days to present their arguments to the chamber. After that, the senators also had several days to ask questions from both sides. A debate ensued as to whether witnesses should be summoned and new documents requested.

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