The US Senate Friday scheduled the final impeachment vote against Donald Trump for next Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. local time (21:00 GMT).
Senate Democrats wanted former National Security Adviser John Bolton to testify after a leak of an unpublished manuscript of his forthcoming book stated Trump ordered him to help pressure Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential rival and former US Vice President Joe Biden, as well as his son Hunter Biden.
The trial ground to a halt Friday afternoon after an internal GOP spat erupted over how to end the proceedings. The pushback from so-called moderate Republicans reportedly derailed McConnell’s plan to acquit Trump late Friday or early Saturday after a round of votes on Democratic procedural objections.
The narrative that Trump allegedly had a quid-pro-quo with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and traded aid for an investigation into the Bidens is the basis for Democratic attempts to remove the president from office.
Trump has denied doing anything wrong and has repeatedly said the impeachment is a hoax intending to remove him from office in order to reverse the results of the 2016 presidential election.