Mark Meadows: Republicans Who Break With Trump Will Face "Repercussions"
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) believes that Senate Republicans who break with President Trump on impeachment are likely to face “repercussions,” according to The Hill.
Centrist GOP lawmakers in the Senate face increasing pressure to vote to bring in additional witnesses for the trial in the wake of a bombshell New York Times report. The Times reported Sunday night that former national security adviser John Bolton wrote in his upcoming memoir that President Trump told him that military aid to Ukraine was conditional upon the country launching an investigation into his political rivals.
Norah O’Donnell asked Meadows, one of Trump’s closest allies in Congress who was selected to serve on the president’s impeachment defense team, if Republican senators would “face political repercussions” if they deviate from Trump. Meadows said yes.
“I mean listen, I don’t want to speak for my Senate colleagues. But there are always political repercussions for every vote you take,” Meadows said. “There is no vote that is higher profile than this.”
The report has led moderates, including Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), to become interested in hearing what Bolton has to say, despite the White House and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) push back against additional witnesses.