Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Jan. 7 that Democrats will attempt to force holding votes to call up witnesses at the start of the impeachment trial.
“There will be votes at the beginning on whether to call the four witnesses weve proposed and subpoena the documents weve identified,” Schumer said on the Senate floor.
Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) have both indicated that they will follow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnells (R-Ky.) plan to delay a decision on calling witnesses. Meanwhile, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) told media outlets that he would like to see former White House adviser John Bolton testify.
“I would like to be able to hear from John Bolton,” Romney said on Jan 7. “What the process is to make that happen, I dont have an answer for you.”
Democrats are aiming to compel four specific witnesses, including current White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Bolton, who publicly said he would be willing to testify in the trial.
“A trial isnt a trial without evidence. A trial without all the facts is a farce,” Schumer said. Earlier this week, Schumer said he hopes that four Republicans break with their party to vote in tandem with Democrats, the minority in the Senate, to call up witnesses.
That question “will have to be decided by a majority of senators in this chamber. That means four Republican senators at any point can compel the Senate to call the fact witnesses and subpoena the relevant documents,” he said.Read More – Source