Romney Says He Will Likely Defect From GOP, Vote To Allow Impeachment Witnesses
Utah Senator Mitt Romney told reporters on Monday that “barring some sort of surprise,” he intends to vote in favor of allowing both sides to call witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, according to RawStory.
The Republican’s position likely puts him at odds with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was not keen on agreeing to witness testimony up front and instead adopted the rules set during former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment. Under those rules, the Senate will vote after opening arguments on whether to allow witnesses.
Romney said he would oppose any attempt to call witnesses right off the bat but indicated he would vote in favor of the move later in the trial. The former presidential candidate also said if after opening arguments he still believes he would like to hear from former National Security Adviser John Bolton — or any other potential witnesses — then he will vote accordingly.
"Barring some sort of surprise I'll vote in favor of hearing witnesses,” he said.