Republicans on Sondland impeachment bombshell: Who cares?

Gordon Sondland’s newly revised testimony amounts to the smoking gun many House Democrats have been looking for: a quid pro quo on Ukraine.But to the Senate Republicans who will determine whether President Donald Trump will be removed from office, it seemed to have almost no effect.None said Tuesday that Sondland’s testimony was bad news for Trump. When asked about the newest revelations, some referred to the White House summary of Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to defend the president. Others said Sondland’s view is immaterial at this point.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Trump will probably be acquitted by the Senate in any impeachment trial.While each deposition seems to bring Trump ever closer to being impeached by the House, much of his Senate jury is tuning it out, according to interviews with more than a dozen GOP senators.It’s a sign that there may be almost nothing Democrats can

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