All eyes are on five U.S. Senators in the impeachment trial of President Trump: Sens. Romney (R-UT), Collins (R-ME), Murkowski (R-AK), and Alexander (R-TN), and Toomey (R-PA).
These Senators should be closely monitored over the coming days upon the breaking news this evening by The Wall Street Journal that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell currently does not have the votes to block witnesses. Four Republicans would have to break Party ranks and join the forty-five Democrats and two Independents in order for a witness vote to pass.
The most notable potential witness that Democrats are pushing for is former National Security Advisor John Bolton. The calls for Bolton to testify have significantly intensified following the publication of a New York Times article titled, “Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Inquiries He Sought, Bolton Book Says.”
These five have indicated that they are open to hearing witness testimony during the trial. Senate GOP Leadership opposes witnesses and whipped votes against having them as part of the trial during a GOP conference meeting Tuesday afternoon.
“It has been pointed out so far by both the House managers as well the defense that there has not been evidence of a direct nature of what the president may have said or what his motives were or what he did.”
“The article in the New York Times I think made it pretty clear that [Bolton] has some information that may be relevant. And I’d like to hear relevant information before I made a final decision.”
Office phone numbers for these Senators:
- Mitt Romney | 202-224-5251
- Susan Collins| 202-224-2523
- Lisa Murkowski | 202-224-6665
- Lamar Alexander | 202-224-4944
- Pat Toomey | 202- 224-4254