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Romney Confirms Yes Vote On Witnesses, Issues Statement On What Decided It

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After making the case for calling witnesses both in front of the cameras and behind the scenes this week, Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney, a frequent Donald Trump critic, made it official Friday. He will vote to allow additional witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial.

The senator’s decision, which became increasingly clear that he would make when he began to openly defend calling witnesses earlier in the week, was confirmed in a statement from his spokeswoman Friday, who specifically cited Romney’s interest in hearing more from former White House national security adviser John Bolton as part of his rationale for breaking with fellow Republicans.

“For those asking: As [Sen. Romney] has said, he wants to hear from Ambassador Bolton, and he will vote in favor of the motion today to consider witnesses,” Romney spokeswoman Liz Johnson tweeted Friday morning.

Romney’s announcement follows Sen. Susan Collins (ME) likewise announcing that she will vote to hear additional impeachment testimony, giving the Democrats two of the four votes they need to force the issue on the Republican-majority Senate. Multiple reports indicate, however, that the Democrats have failed to convince enough Republicans to detract, with potential Republican swing vote Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) announcing Thursday that he will vote against allowing more witnesses, leaving only Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) as a possible yes vote.

“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 U.S. Constitution’s high bar for an impeachable offense,” Sen. Alexander announced Thursday. “There is no need for more evidence to prove that the president asked Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter; he said this on television on October 3, 2019, and during his July 25, 2019, telephone call with the president of Ukraine.”

At the beginning of the impeachment trial last week, Romney issued a statement underscoring that he believes the Democrats’ allegations against Trump are “extremely serious” and indicating that he was already leaning toward gathering more evidence.

“The allegations outlined in the articles of impeachment passed by the House are extremely serious—did the President abuse his office for personal political gain, and did he obstruct Congress’ investigation by blocking subpoenas?” read the statement posted on his senatorial webpage. “These allegations demand that the Senate put political biases aside, and make good faith efforts to listen to arguments from both sides and thoroughly review facts and evidence. I have made clear to my colleagues and the public that the Senate should have the opportunity to decide on witnesses following the opening arguments, as occurred in the Clinton trial.”

Following reports Sunday on claims allegedly contained in Bolton’s upcoming book manuscript that Trump informed him that the withholding of Ukraine security aid was connected to investigations into the Bidens, Romney ratcheted up his rhetoric. “The article in the New York Times I think made it pretty clear that [Bolton] has some information that may be relevant,” Romney said Monday. “And I’d like to hear relevant information before I made a final decision.” According to Politico, Romney also “made a strong pitch” to fellow Republicans at a private lunch Monday.

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. chris

    February 1, 2020 at 2:29 am

    POS,hope he gets voted out in 2020, or he might run as the dem he actually is?

  2. Jamie

    February 1, 2020 at 2:34 am

    Primary Collins and Romney.

  3. Ulla

    February 1, 2020 at 3:11 am

    Helo romney were you hoping for some kind of juicy evidence to show up out of “nowhere”, to give you a chance to get rid of somebody you did NOT like since he took a spot, which you could NEVER achieve, and which NOW, where you have shown your true colors, are totally out of reach, FOREVER…………

  4. Steve

    February 1, 2020 at 8:51 am

    I’m surprised but I’m not, Romney being who he is proves that the democrats should have done their job better than they did. If the democrats had been more open and in the beginning of their investigations and had been more thorough the Senate could then have excepted the evidence. Partisanship killed this investigation from the beginning, something of which Romney was a part of. Romney crossed the line, he should join the democrat party and stay where he belongs. Right now the democrats are a party of losers, Romney will fit in very well.

  5. cheryl maliszewski

    February 1, 2020 at 9:08 am

    He has always been a Democrat and a POS. He is so jeally that he did not win the election endorsement, he will continue trying to stop the Trump. Our Govt. has so damn many dishonest scummy people in it. You cannot make this up like shitty Schiff says. Vote them out all office that are not for US citizens. The Dems line thier own pockets and well as thier children’s. while many families are under water. Sad world we live in.

  6. Gerald O’Dell

    February 1, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Romney is a disgrace to the Republican Party. I viloted for him against Obama but would never ever vote for him again even if he was running for dog catcher. Utah needs to impeach this idiot!

  7. Jim

    February 1, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    We’ve known for years that ROMNEY in DEMOCRAT and a DUMB ASS to boot

  8. Bobby P

    February 1, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Romney is an Obtuse Cretinous Nefarious Varlet & Blaggard ! Doesn’t he remind one of A Used Car salesman at A cheap El Jippo car lot ?

  9. Intellectual Impaler

    February 1, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    Of all people, Romney should know the Democrats spin lies. Harry Reid spun a big one and Mitt lost because people believed it. So Mittens is butthurt because he failed as a Presidential candidate and is definitely jealous because he doesn’t have the backbone to fight when he had the chance against Obama.

  10. Intellectual Impaler

    February 1, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    Another senator would have voted for witnesses. Thank God he is dead now.

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