Republican Sens. Mitt Romney (Utah) and Susan Collins (Maine) will break with other members of their party and vote to allow additional witnesses and documents into President Trump’s impeachment trial.
Romney announced his intention to vote to allow witnesses on Friday morning just hours after Collins, a moderate who is up for reelection in November, announced late Thursday night that she will also support the effort.
Liz Johnson, a spokesman for Romney, confirmed that the freshman senator will support an initial vote to pave the way for new witnesses and specifically wants to hear from former national security adviser John Bolton.
As Romney “has said, he wants to hear from Ambassador Bolton, and he will vote in favor of the motion today to consider witnesses,” Johnson tweeted on Friday.
Collins announced late Thursday night that she will also support the effort.
“I believe hearing from certain witnesses would give each side the opportunity to more fully and fairly make their case, resolve any ambiguities, and provide additional clarity. Therefore, I will vote in support of the motion to allow witnesses and documents to be subpoenaed,” Collins said in a statement.
The rules resolution that passed last week for the trial allows for a vote on whether to request new witnesses or documents.
Democrats will need four Republicans to vote with them to allow witnesses as part of the trial. Or they will need three Republicans and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to step in to break a tie and side with them.