Some moderate Republican senators believe the revelations in former national security adviser John Bolton's new book are enough to justify bringing him in as a witness for the impeachment trial of President Trump. According to the leaks, Bolton claims that Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine on the condition that President Zelensky agree to investigate the Bidens.
Having read the report, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) believes that the jurors should be given the chance to hear from Bolton himself. A few of his colleagues followed, including Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who released a statement sounding more confident than ever that she'll vote in favor of hearing more witnesses. Other moderates are still on the fence. The Senate will have a chance to vote follow the White House defense team's opening arguments and a 16-hour round of questions on each side.
Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), who in January took over the Senate seat left vacant by retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson, directly tagged Romney on Twitter and accused him of "appeasing the left" and acting for the cameras.
After 2 weeks, it’s clear that Democrats have no case for impeachment. Sadly, my colleague @SenatorRomney wants to appease the left by calling witnesses who will slander the @realDonaldTrump during their 15 minutes of fame. The circus is over. It’s time to move on! #gapol— Senator Kelly Loeffler (@SenatorLoeffler) January 27, 2020
Before she was sworn in to the Senate, President Trump shared his concerns about Loeffler and reportedly wanted Rep. Doug Collins to fill the vacant seat instead. Yet, Loeffler has been squarely on the president's side during the trial, telling the Democrats last week that they already lost their case in the House.
I hope it's not too awkward in the chamber today! You can follow today's proceedings on the Townhall live blog.