GOP Senator John Cornyn appeared to warn that if Democrats do not reach an agreement to vote on the articles tonight then it could potentially drag over into next week and bump into the Iowa caucuses and the State of the Union address.
“My guess is it probably is going to carry us over to the first part of next week, but obviously we have the Iowa caucuses on February the 3rd, and we have the State of the Union the next day,” Cornyn said to reporters this morning when asked if he knows of any measures that could be put forth to keep the trial going past today. “So I think for all sorts of reasons, it’s probably a good idea to bring this thing to a close in the near future.”
Senator John Cornyn also reacted to Sen. Lamar Alexander’s no vote on Senate witnesses, saying: “We always knew this was going to be a cliff hanger,” he said.
“We have some very independent thinkers in the Republican caucus, and I think Senator Alexander’s statement was a principled one and makes the important point that if impeachments become routine then we might as well call off elections," he said.