Romney 'comfortable' with Clinton precedent to delay witness testimony

Romney 'comfortable' with Clinton precedent to delay witness testimony
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Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Memo: Five reasons why Trump could upset the odds Will anyone from the left realize why Trump won — again? Ratings drop to 55M for final Trump-Biden debate MORE (Utah), one of the most independent Senate GOP voices, said Tuesday he is “comfortable” with using the precedent set by the 1999 Clinton impeachment trial, which delayed the question of considering witnesses and additional documents.

Romney said he supports Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate Democrats hold talkathon to protest Barrett's Supreme Court nomination Trump looms over Ernst's tough reelection fight in Iowa Democratic senator votes against advancing Amy Coney Barrett nomination while wearing RBG mask MORE’s (R-Ky.) position that the Senate should first pass an organizing resolution that sets up the opening arguments by House impeachment managers and President TrumpDonald John TrumpFox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Six notable moments from Trump and Biden's '60 Minutes' interviews Biden on attacks on mental fitness: Trump thought '9/11 attack was 7/11 attack' MORE’s defense team, and punt on the question of whether to subpoena former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonObama highlights Biden's tweet from a year ago warning Trump wasn't ready for pandemic Trump's former Homeland Security adviser on COVID-19: 'We could have saved more lives with a different, faster approach' John Kelly called Trump 'the most flawed person' he's ever met: report MORE and other witnesses.

That’s what the Senate voted 100-0 to do at the start of Clinton’s trial, which McConnell has claimed as a powerful precedent.


“I think the Clinton impeachment process provides a pathway for witnesses to be heard so I’m comfortable with that process,” Romney said Tuesday.

That position doesn’t foreclose the possibility of hearing witness testimony at a later date, but it does mean that Senate Republicans will support an organizing resolution that falls short of Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerGraham dismisses criticism from Fox Business's Lou Dobbs Lewandowski: Trump 'wants to see every Republican reelected regardless of ... if they break with the president' Democratic Senate emerges as possible hurdle for progressives  MORE’s (D-N.Y.) procedural demands.

Schumer argues that the trial rules won’t be fair unless they require up front that four key witnesses testify: Bolton, acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyTrump says he may lower corporate tax rate to 20 percent if reelected Is Social Security safe from the courts? On The Money: House panel pulls Powell into partisan battles | New York considers hiking taxes on the rich | Treasury: Trump's payroll tax deferral won't hurt Social Security MORE, senior Mulvaney adviser Robert Blair, and senior Office of Management and Budget official Michael Duffey.

“More important than precedent is the fact that it plainly doesn’t make sense to have both sides present their arguments first and then — afterward — ask for the evidence we know is out there. The evidence should inform the trial, not the other way around,” Schumer said Monday.