House Democrats look to be losing their leverage on impeachment, just a day after John Bolton said he'd testify if subpoenaed.
Why it matters: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has convinced the necessary 51 Senate Republicans that the question of whether to call witnesses should be answered after the trial begins, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.
- McConnell said today that once House Speaker Nancy Pelosi transmits the articles of impeachment to the Senate, he will move ahead on approving rules for the Senate trial without negotiating them with Democrats.
- His move suggests that key GOP senators are not eager to join Democrats' demands to immediately call witnesses and request new documents at the onset of a Senate trial.
Between the lines: Some Senate Democrats are calling on Pelosi to send over the articles of impeachment.
- Sen. Chris Murphy: "I think the time has passed. She should send the articles over."
- Sen. Joe Manchin: "I think it needs to start, I really do. I can't tell the House how to do their business. I would never try to tell Speaker Pelosi."
- These calls come despite many Democrats agreeing that Pelosi successfully held on to some leverage by waiting to transmit the articles.
What's next: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said today that Pelosi had been waiting to send the articles until she knew what the Senate trial would look like, and that it's now beginning to take shape.