Republicans turn against McConnell - announce they will move to approve new witnesses at Trump's trial
President Donald Trump is going to need all the help he can get from Republicans in the United States Senate, but he's not going to get it from Mitt Romney and others. There is a storm brewing.
The Utah senator announced in front of reporters on late Monday that he will support new witnesses during Trump's impeachment trial, in direct defiance with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Additionally - according to White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, the Trump administration is under the belief that at least four Republicans, and likely more, will vote to call witnesses at Trump's trial. This list includes Senators Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, Mitt Romney and possibly Cory Gardner.
“Barring some sort of surprise I’ll vote in favor of hearing witnesses,” Romney said.
Romney addressed hearing testimony from former National Security Advisor John Bolton.
“I presume I’ll be voting in favor of hearing from John Bolton,” Romney said.
Here’s Sen. Romney a moment ago on what impeachment trial setup he plans to support: basically, he knows he wants to hear from Bolton but is fine with kicking that vote to later pic.twitter.com/8ceRqHS2jG— Sam Brodey (@sambrodey) January 13, 2020
Furthermore - Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is considered to be a "wild card" and Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee as an "institutionalist" who might vote to call witnesses.
"Trump is increasingly aware that the trial could be damaging," says Alcindor.
McConnell has been wanting to dismiss the trial before it even begins. Trump has been trying to curry support among Republican senators in the likelihood that they decide to turn against him. This latest news has got to be worrisome to Trump.
In the meantime, virtually all of Senate Democrats are unified on this pivotal issue. Schumer vowed on the Senate floor to force votes on witnesses and documents.