The Senate impeachment trial is set to begin as Democrats will transmit the articles of impeachment this week.
The President is counting on Republicans to stand united behind him.
But then Donald Trump just found out some bad news about GOP impeachment betrayals.
Democrats in the House refused to pursue a court case to compel Trump officials like former National Security Advisor John Bolton and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to testify.
Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi then outrageously demanded the Senate perform the House’s duties and subpoena witnesses and documents.
Republicans stood united around the model from the 1999 Bill Clinton impeachment trial where both sides presented oral arguments and then answered written questions submitted by Senators.
But that’s where the Republican solidarity appears to end.
Utah Never Trump RINO Senator Mitt Romney announced he would join the Democrats and vote to subpoena Bolton to testify.
“I support the Clinton impeachment model, which is a vote on witnesses later. But as to which witnesses I’d want to hear from, and so forth, that’s something which I’m open to until after the opening arguments,” Romney told reporters.
Romney claimed that Bolton’s “someone who I would like to hear from, and presumably, I’d get the chance to vote for that.”
Romney’s treachery backed up reporting from CBS News that enough Republican turncoats would join the Democrats in voting for additional witness testimony.
CBS News exclusively reports:
The White House is preparing for some Republican senators to join Democrats in voting to call witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial, which could get underway in the coming days.
Senior White House officials tell CBS News they increasingly believe that at least four Republicans, and likely more, will vote to call witnesses. In addition to Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romney of Utah and possibly Cory Gardner of Colorado, the White House also views Rand Paul of Kentucky as a “wild card” and Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee as an “institutionalist” who might vote to call witnesses, as one official put it.
Senate Republicans should not be doing House Democrats’ work for them.
If Democrats did not want to pursue all avenues of obtaining testimony from Bolton and others there is no reason for the Republicans to bail them out.
But if Romney and other Never Trump RINOs in the Senate vote to subpoena witnesses the Democrats want to call then they should vote to allow the President to call his own witnesses.
That means the Senate must subpoena Hunter Biden, Adam Schiff and alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella to testify.
For that reason, demanding witness testimony could blow up in the Democrats’ faces in spectacular fashion.
However, calling witnesses could complicate the Republicans’ plan to acquit the President before the February 4 State of the Union address.
Republicans would like nothing more than to have President Trump stand in front of Speaker Pelosi on the Floor of the House of Representatives after a bipartisan majority in the Senate exonerates the President of the House’s phony articles of impeachment.
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