Politics Mitt Romney to Vote for Witnesses, Evidence in Impeachment Trial
Romney, Collins say Bolton claims strengthen case for witnesses in impeachment trial
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said Monday it is more likely other Republicans will vote to hear witness testimony from former National Security Adviser John Bolton as part of impeachment proceedings following reports on new allegations in his forthcoming book -- as Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, also said the reports strengthened "the case for witnesses."
Sen. Mitt Romney indicated Friday that he will vote to allow additional witnesses and evidence in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.
Liz Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Republican senator from Utah, confirmed his support for a vote that would allow new documents to be introduced and new witnesses to testify, stating that he is specifically interested in hearing from former national security adviser John Bolton.
Johnsonthat Romney "wants to hear from ambassador Bolton, and he will vote in favor of the motion today to consider witnesses."
Key Republican to vote against witnesses at Trump impeachment trial, paving way for rapid acquittal without new evidence
A key Republican senator announced late Thursday he will vote against calling witnesses at President Trump’s impeachment trial, dealing a devastating blow to Democratic hopes of fresh evidence and paving the way for the commander-in-chief to be acquitted of all charges by this week’s end. Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, who’s among a handful GOP moderates under pressure from Democrats to vote for more evidence, said after the trial’s second and final question-and-answer session that he had heard enough and did not see a need to subpoena John Bolton or any other outstanding witnesses.
Romney is the second Republican senatorfor new evidence. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said Thursday that "hearing from certain witnesses would give each side the opportunity to more fully and fairly make their case."
A third, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, is still weighing her decision, while Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who had been considered a key GOP swing vote, announced Thursday that he will not vote to call new witnesses.
"There is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the United States Constitution's high bar for an impeachable offense," Alexander said.
Democrats need at least four Republicans to support a motion for new evidence and Alexander's announcement makes that less likely. If Murkowski joins Romney and Collins, the vote for new witnesses and evidence would end in a tie, leaving the final decision to Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, who has presided over the impeachment trial and appears unlikely to cast the deciding vote.
Without Roberts' vote, the Democrats' motion would fail and Republicans would push for a final ruling to convict or acquit Trump. That vote could come as early as Friday night.
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Romney's vote surprised Trump impeachment team .
The Utah senator was the only Republican to break with his party and vote to convict Mr. Trump, on one of the two articles of impeachment.As recently as Tuesday, Romney had informed Mr. Trump's allies he was going to vote along with his Republican colleagues. The Romney vote deprived the president of the unanimity he strongly desired from his party in the impeachment vote.
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