Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has locked down sufficient backing in his 53-member caucus to pass a blueprint for the trial that leaves the question of seeking witnesses and documents until after opening arguments are made, according to multiple senators.
That could set the stage for a quicky trial with no witnesses and an acquittal after opening arguments.
As Zerohedge puts it:
There have been no discussions between McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who can go pound sand as talks seem unlikely.
The next step will to change Senate rules to allow a trial to begin without a "formal" transmittal of the articles--something that Lindsey Graham flatly stated on Sunday that the GOP will seek to do. IMO, Pelosi's idea of dictating terms to the Senate by holding them hostage was always bound to fail, being an affront to the Senate's sense of their own dignity and importance.