Club for Growth accuses Romney of siding with Democrats in new ad

Club for Growth accuses Romney of siding with Democrats in new ad
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The conservative Club for Growth is going after Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt Romney7 things to know about the coronavirus stimulus package Scarborough rips Trump for mocking Romney's negative coronavirus test: 'Could have been a death sentence' Trump on Romney's negative coronavirus test: 'I am so happy I can barely speak' MORE (R-Utah) in a new television ad, accusing the first-term senator and former GOP presidential nominee of siding with Democrats in President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump orders US troops back to active duty for coronavirus response Trump asserts power to decide info inspector general for stimulus gives Congress Fighting a virus with the wrong tools MORE’s impeachment proceedings.

“There’s Mitt Romney threatening to vote with Democrats again to trot out spotlight-seeking blowhards who will trash President Trump on the witness stand,” a narrator says in the 30-second spot, which is set to begin airing on Fox News on Thursday in Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C.

The ad also accuses Romney of ignoring alleged wrongdoing by former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFighting a virus with the wrong tools Trump bucks business on Defense Production Act Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 | Trump signs T stimulus package | Trump employs defense powers to force GM to make ventilators | New concerns over virus testing MORE and his son Hunter. Trump and his allies have frequently brought up unsubstantiated allegations that Joe Biden pushed Ukraine to fire a prosecutor who had once investigated a firm that employed Hunter Biden as a board member. 

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The ad from Club for Growth, a conservative outside group that has long advocated for lower taxes, comes amid a battle in the Senate over whether to allow witness testimony in Trump’s ongoing impeachment trial. 

Republican leaders in the chamber have sought to block such testimony, while Romney and another GOP member, Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCampaigns pivot toward health awareness as races sidelined by coronavirus Senate eyes quick exit after vote on coronavirus stimulus package The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - Trump, Dems close in on deal MORE (Maine), have said they will consider voting to allow witnesses. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Trump signs T coronavirus relief package Pelosi not invited by Trump to White House coronavirus relief bill's signing MORE (R-Ky.) indicated on Tuesday that he did not yet have the votes to block witnesses.

The witness debate heated up this week after The New York Times reported that former White House national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonBolton defends decision to shutter NSC pandemic office US retaliates with missile strikes in Iraq The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the APTA - A huge night for Joe Biden MORE wrote in a forthcoming book that Trump had insisted the U.S. continue to withhold security aide from Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats and the Bidens.

The account undermines a central claim of Trump’s impeachment defense. His lawyers have argued that the aid freeze was not related to the president's request for Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.

“Unfortunately, Mitt Romney continues to side with Democrats in their sham impeachment of President Trump, and voters deserve to know about his support of radical-liberals and their attempts to undo the results of the 2016 election and reverse the enormous economic gains achieved under Trump,” David McIntosh, the president of Club for Growth, said in a statement.

The Hill has reached out to Romney’s office for comment on the ad. 

It’s not the first time Club for Growth has gone after Romney. An ad spot from the group last October accused Romney of plotting with Democrats to “take down” Trump with the impeachment process.