Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) announced Thursday night she would vote in favor of witnesses.
Bitter Mitt Romney, an angry Never-Trumper, said he would like to see John Bolton testify.
As the Hill reported:
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.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., may have the votes needed to bring the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump to a merciful end, perhaps as soon as Saturday.
With the Democratic Party needing four GOP defections to prolong the trial — the GOP has a 53-47 majority in the upper chamber — Collins was a willing participant.
“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,” Collins announced in a statement. “Therefore, I will vote in support of the motion to allow witnesses and documents to be subpoenaed.”
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) announced his decision to vote against witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump Thursday night after the end of the question and answer session.
Lamar Alexander is one of four Republican senators whose votes are thought undecided that could tip the scales in favor of witnesses if all four vote with all 47 Democrats. The other three are Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT).
Lamar Alexander’s full statement:
“I worked with other senators to make sure that we have the right to ask for more documents and witnesses, but 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. …The Constitution does not give the Senate the power to remove the president from office and ban him from this year’s ballot simply for actions that are inappropriate.
“The question then is not whether the president did it, but whether the United States Senate or the American people should decide what to do about what he did. I believe that the Constitution provides that the people should make that decision in the presidential election that begins in Iowa on Monday. …
Our founding documents provide for duly elected presidents who serve with ‘the consent of the governed,’ not at the pleasure of the United States Congress. Let the people decide.”
– Senator Lamar
Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Friday she will vote against extending the impeachment trial to hear witnesses, saying it’s become clear President Trump can’t get a fair trial no matter what.
“The House chose to send articles of impeachment that are rushed and flawed. I carefully considered the need for additional witnesses and documents, to cure the shortcomings of its process, but ultimately decided that I will vote against considering motions to subpoena,” the Alaska Democrat said in a statement.
With her support, Republicans believe they have at least 51 votes to close the trial down and move to a final vote acquitting the president.
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