Votes For 10-12 GOP Senators Are “In Play” For Calling Impeachment Witnesses
Senate Republicans are facing immense pressure in both directions over whether to call new witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is now saying he has not secured enough votes to keep witnesses at bay, according to RawStory.
On one side, Republicans must contend with overwhelming public support for calling witnesses — such as former National Security Adviser John Bolton. A new Quinnipiac University poll found that 75 percent of voters want to hear from witnesses.
And that public pressure seems to be impacting Republican senators. RawStory noted that The Wall Street Journal reported this week that McConnell has told fellow Republicans that he does not have enough votes to block new witnesses at trial — reporting confirmed by several other news outlets as well.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (R-NY) also said this week that he believes there may be 10-12 Republican senators whose votes are “in play” on new witness testimony.
New revelations from Bolton’s forthcoming book appear to have had an effect on Republicans — particularly his claim that Trump told him Ukraine’s military aid was being held until the country’s president announced investigations into the Bidens.
Still, McConnell reportedly remains hopeful that he will have enough support to quash any new witness testimony by the end of the week, The New York Times reported.