Tactical edge will shift to GOP in Senate impeachment trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s been easy for majority Democrats to keep Republicans from shifting the focus of the House impeachment hearings by calling their own witnesses.

But GOP leverage to do that would grow should the battle reach the Republican-run Senate.

There, attorneys for President Donald Trump and GOP senators could call their own witnesses.

But there’s a big catch. They’d need enough votes from the 53 GOP senators to muster a majority and prevent Democrats from blocking them.

Trump and his defenders may want to aggressively change the subject by calling witnesses who’d focus on unfounded allegations about former Vice President Joe Biden and a Ukrainian energy company his son did work for.

But some Republicans might see that as an overtly political move that could risk voter backlash in the 2020 elections.