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purplehaze posted:
irwin posted:

On the question of calling witnesses or not.......  What happens if there is a vote on calling witnesses, like Bolton, and the vote is 50-50? Does the Chief Justice break the tie?

 

 

According to current Senate rules, there is no provision for a tiebreaker.  A tie is counted as a "no" vote.  There is a precedent for the Chief Justice to cast tie breaking votes.  The only time it occurred was in Andrew Johnson's impeachment.  The more I read about that impeachment, the more I shake my head.  There was a lot of sleazy stuff going on.  Imagine that.

PH

The Chief Justice would actually cast a vote?  That is, frankly, shocking to me. 

I'm no expert, but I always thought that the process for breaking a tie in the senate was for the VP to cast a vote.  Given that he or she has a vested interest in the outcome of the trial though, I could see why that wouldn't happen during impeachment. 

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