WH Expects At Least Four GOP Senators To Vote To Allow Impeachment Witnesses

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White House officials believe at least four Republican senators will defect and vote to allow witness testimony.

As the Senate gears up for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, the White House believes some Republican senators will join Democrats in voting for witnesses to be called for testimony, according to CBS News.

Senior White House officials told the news outlet that they believe at least four Republicans will defect, possibly more. Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romney of Utah and possibly Cory Gardner of Colorado are all likely to vote with the Democrats, the officials said. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee is viewed as another possibility, according to one official, and Senator Rand Paul is seen as something of a “wild card”.

Collins said last week that she was working with a “fairly small group” of Republican senators on the issue, also saying that her colleagues "should be completely open to calling witnesses."

The officials also said that Trump intends to claim executive privilege if former National Security Adviser John Bolton is called to testify. Bolton announced in recent weeks that he would testify if the Senate subpoenaed him at trial, and his attorney previously said that the former Trump administration official can shed light on impeachment-related issues.

“While Bolton could testify about some events that would fall outside the scope of executive privilege,” CBS News reported, “the White House would fight to prevent Bolton from discussing direct conversations with the president.”

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