Republican Senator Mitt Romney on Monday indicated that he is prepared to vote to hear from at least one witness during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate.
“So if there is a motion by Chuck Schumer, or others to begin with a vote on witnesses, I’ll oppose that. I support the Clinton impeachment model, which is to vote on witnesses later. But as to which witnesses I want to hear from and so forth, that’s something which I’m open to until after the opening arguments,” Romney told reporters.
“Including John Bolton?” a reporter pressed Romney about specifically voting to hear testimony from former National Security Advisor John Bolton.
“Including John Bolton, yes. Yeah,” Romney responded.
“He’s someone who I would like to hear from, and presumably, I’d get the chance to vote for that,” he added.
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“I’d like there to be witnesses and be able to hear from someone like John Bolton,” Romney later told CNN.
Romney reiterates his calls to hear from witnesses, including John Bolton. He says he hasn't begun discussions yet with GOP senators about witnesses, but backs the approach McConnell is taking to punt on the issue of witnesses until after the opening arguments. pic.twitter.com/1RgQQ7e2Wz
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CBS News reported that White House officials are bracing for at least four Republicans, likely more, would vote to call witnesses. The names the officials threw out included Collins, Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, and Cory Gardner of Colorado.
Last week, GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine told Maine’s Bangor Daily News she was working with a “fairly small group” of fellow Republican senators to ensure witnesses are called in Trump’s trial.
“We should be completely open to calling witnesses,” Collins said on Friday, according to the Bangor Daily News. “I am hopeful that we can reach an agreement on how to proceed with the trial that will allow the opportunity for both the House and the president’s counsel if they choose to do so.”