Senator Mitt Romney became the first Republican to say he would like “to hear” testimony from former National Security Adviser John Bolton in President Trump’s impeachment trial if subpoenaed.
Romney told reporters on Monday that he wants to hear from Bolton and find out “what he knows” about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine after Bolton said earlier Monday that he is willing to testify if the Senate subpoenas him.
“I would like to be able to hear from John Bolton. What the process is to make that happen, I don’t have an answer for you,” he added.
Romney did not indicate if he thinks there needs to be a deal on hearing from Bolton at the outset of the trial.
Bolton is one of four witnesses that Senate Democrats want to call as part of Trump’s trial.
Bolton announced in a statement on Monday that he would testify if he is subpoenaed by the Senate.
“The House has concluded its Constitutional responsibility by adopting Articles of Impeachment related to the Ukraine matter. It now falls to the Senate to fulfill its Constitutional obligation to try impeachments, and it does not appear possible that a final judicial resolution of the still-unanswered Constitutional questions can be obtained before the Senate acts,” Bolton said in a statement.
“Accordingly, since my testimony is once again at issue, I have had to resolve the serious competing issues as best I could, based on careful consideration and study. I have concluded that, if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify,” he added.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has said she is “open” to witnesses but thinks the decision should wait until after the initial phase of the trial.