Senator Mitt Romney on Monday said he would like to see John Bolton, President Trump’s former national security adviser, testify during the impeachment proceedings about the Ukraine scandal.
‘Of course,’ Romney said when asked if he wanted to hear from Bolton, who is believed to have been witnessed the president and his aides deliberating over whether to withhold aide to Ukraine if it did not investigate Joe Biden.
‘I’d like to hear what he has to say,’ said the senator from Utah who is considered the most prominent Republican critic of Trump.
When asked if he would vote in the Senate to subpoena Bolton during the upcoming impeachment trial, Romney would not commit either way.
Romney said he believes Bolton ‘has firsthand information’ on the Ukraine scandal, and ‘assuming that articles of impeachment reach the Senate, I’d like to hear what he has to say.’
Senator Mitt Romney (left), a Republican from Utah, said on Monday he wanted to hear from John Bolton (right), the former national security adviser, though he stopped short of saying he would vote to subpoena Bolton as a witness in the impeachment trial of President Trump
But Romney and other moderate senators appear to be going along with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s wish for a speedy trial without witnesses, according to Politico.
Moderate Republicans like Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine said on Monday they want the impeachment trial to begin for they consider calling witnesses, as the Democrats have demanded.
‘I believe that the Senate should follow the precedent that was established in the trial of President Clinton,’ said Collins, who faces a tough re-election fight in her home state later this year.
‘I think that we will decide at that stage who we need to hear from.’
When Murkowski was asked about possibly subpoenaing Bolton, she said: ‘We’ve got to get to the first place first.’
Another Republican senator who faces a tough re-election battle, Cory Gardner of Colorado, also doesn’t seem eager to hear from Bolton.
‘Is [House Speaker] Nancy [Pelosi] going to send the articles over? She doesn’t seem to care?’ said Gardner.
‘You guys want to have a trial by Twitter but until she has the articles sent over there is no trial.’
Democrats want the Republican-controlled Senate to call witnesses during the upcoming impeachment trial of President Trump, but key senators like Lisa Murkowski (left) of Alaska and Susan Collins (right) of Maine so far do not appear inclined to do so
Bolton confirmed Monday that he would appear before the Senate if he is subpoenaed to testify in the impeachment trial against Trump.
'[S]ince 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,' Bolton said in a statement posted to his Political Action Committee website.
Trump's ex-national security adviser, who parted ways with the administration on a sour note in September, revealed he would comply if he was served with a legal notice - but there is no clarity on whether there would be one.
It is Democrats who have expressed interest in his testimony.
Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer revealed last month in a letter to McConnell that he wants to hear from Bolton.
But Republicans hold the majority and so far McConnell has said he is determined to start the trial without calling witnesses, which would make Bolton's move an empty gesture.
Bolton released a statement on Monday saying he will