“So I think it’s up in the air right now,” the New York Democrat added. “Are we feeling better today than we did a few days ago? Absolutely.”
The Bolton developments jerked the conversation over witnesses in the Senate into a new direction. But several GOP senators and aides said the White House presentations on Monday had helped halt a potential scenario in which a handful Republicans moved sharply toward wanting to hear from witnesses.
After the defense team concluded its opening arguments Tuesday, Senate Republicans huddled in a senators-only meeting to discuss witnesses and the path forward. McConnell and several other Republicans warned that moving ahead with one witness could lead to a number of new witnesses — and there would be no clear path out of the trial, according to a source familiar with the remarks.
“The Bolton revelations are stark,” Schumer said. “And when Mr. Sekulow gets up and says one of the reasons you should vote to acquit is we don’t have any eyewitness accounts and at the same time the man he’s representing, Donald Trump, is preventing those eyewitnesses, they lose a lot of ground.”
The vote on whether to proceed to considering subpoenas for witnesses and documents will likely take place Friday or Saturday, Sen. John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, told CNN. Ahead of that, Schumer holds that things remain “up in the air.”
“Is there a chance that we might get a vote to allow witnesses and documents? Yes,” the minority leader said. “But is it also an uphill fight and I wouldn’t do any dances — joy dances — now? Yes, I would not.”
CNN’s Jeremy Herb, Phil Mattingly and Manu Raju contributed to this report.