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Senate surprisingly votes to consider hearing from witnesses in impeachment trial

In what is widely considered a plot twist, the Senate voted 55-45 on Saturday morning to consider hearing from witnesses in former President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial.

The upper chamber was expected to vote against calling witnesses, which would have kept the trial on track for a quick verdict vote, but the timeline of the trial is now up in the air. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), joined their Democratic colleagues, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) then flipped from a no to a yes vote, presumably because he wants to make the case for witnesses on behalf of the defense. Tim O'Donnell