The storm was just a drizzle, literal and figurative. As a light rain fell on the Capitol outside, a majority of senators inside the chamber, 51 Republicans, voted to drift without anchor. Only Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah sided with the 47 Democrats, for a total of 49 in favor of hearing witnesses and reviewing additional evidence.

Team Trump won. It was, after all, a foregone conclusion. Trump is expected to be acquitted on Wednesday, right after delivering the State of the Union in the House that impeached him.

But this story is probably not over for Cipollone—assuming the Trump administration deems Bolton’s whole book classified and fights to keep his direct evidence from coming to light. Philbin told senators this week that the White House is working with Bolton’s publishers on the clearance process right now, hinting at obstacles ahead while attempting to seem conciliatory.

Correction: An earlier version of this post mistakenly stated that 49 Democrats voted for witnesses.

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