Author: LAUREN FOX, CNN

Schumer requests four witnesses for Senate trial

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made it clear in a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Sunday night that he prefers a Senate impeachment trial with witness testimony and new documents, a direct rebuttal to top Republicans who have argued in recent days that a

Senate prepares for impeachment trial

While senators await the House of Representatives to move into the public phase of their impeachment inquiry, aides and members are beginning to prepare for a likely Senate trial.

McConnell won't bring Senate back early

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a Kentucky radio station Thursday the Senate will put the issues of background check legislation in addition to "red flag" laws "front and center" when the body reconvenes after its summer recess, but it will not return early as Democrats are demanding.

Debt ceiling fight: No deal yet

All eyes are on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and those telephone calls with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the bottom line is simple: every day there is less time and getting a deal locked in becomes more essential.