THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL
Jan. 27: Vote on Motion for Witnesses
From the Congressional Record
VOTE ON MOTION
The CHIEF JUSTICE. Now the question occurs on the motion requesting the appearance of witnesses at depositions to admit evidence offered by the managers on the part of the House of Representatives. On this question, the yeas and nays are required, and the clerk will call the roll.
The legislative clerk called the roll.
The result was announced--yeas 56, nays 44, as follows:
Rollcall Vote No. 5
Subject: House managers motion to subpoena witnesses and admit evidence not in record
The motion was agreed to.
The CHIEF JUSTICE. The Chair recognizes the majority leader.
Mr. LOTT. Mr. Chief Justice, as I indicated earlier, we are attempting now to clarify exactly how this will proceed and to reach agreement with regard to the remaining procedure and the beginning of the deposition process.
We are acting in good faith, but we want to make sure we are at least going to try to think about all contingencies, and we are exchanging resolutions and suggestions between Senator Daschle and myself at this time. We may be asked to vote later on today on a procedure. We will let you know if that is necessary today. It could happen tomorrow. But we don't want it to go much longer than that because we need to make sure this procedure is going forward.
Of course, if we don't have a resolution, I presume we will begin to go forward anyway, but we would like to have some orderly procedure as we have had in the past. My thinking at this time is that we would just stand in recess subject to the call of the Chair while we talk this through. It may not be necessary to do anything further as far as a recorded vote but it may be. So we just wanted Senators to be on notice of that.
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