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Mitt Romney to Vote for Witnesses, Evidence in Impeachment Trial

U.S. News & World Report logo U.S. News & World Report 1/31/2020 Alexa Lardieri

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Sen. Mitt Romney indicated Friday that he will vote to allow additional witnesses and evidence in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

Liz Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Republican senator from Utah, confirmed his support for a vote that would allow new documents to be introduced and new witnesses to testify, stating that he is specifically interested in hearing from former national security adviser John Bolton.

Johnson tweeted that Romney "wants to hear from ambassador Bolton, and he will vote in favor of the motion today to consider witnesses."

Romney is the second Republican senator who announced they will vote for new evidence. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said Thursday that "hearing from certain witnesses would give each side the opportunity to more fully and fairly make their case."

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A third, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, is still weighing her decision, while Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who had been considered a key GOP swing vote, announced Thursday that he will not vote to call new witnesses.

"There is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the United States Constitution's high bar for an impeachable offense," Alexander said.

Democrats need at least four Republicans to support a motion for new evidence and Alexander's announcement makes that less likely. If Murkowski joins Romney and Collins, the vote for new witnesses and evidence would end in a tie, leaving the final decision to Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, who has presided over the impeachment trial and appears unlikely to cast the deciding vote.

Without Roberts' vote, the Democrats' motion would fail and Republicans would push for a final ruling to convict or acquit Trump. That vote could come as early as Friday night.

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