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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 RomneyMcConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Additional airlines ban guns on flights to DC ahead of inauguration Ben Shapiro stirs controversy by guest writing Politico newsletter 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 McConnellTrump seeks to freeze .4 billion of programs in final week of presidency McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Murkowski blasts Trump's election claims, calls House impeachment appropriate 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 TrumpEx-Trump lawyer Cohen to pen forward for impeachment book Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again Man known as 'QAnon Shaman' asks Trump for pardon after storming Capitol MORE’s defense team, and punt on the question of whether to subpoena former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonAfter insurrection: The national security implications McConnell won't reprise role as chief Trump defender Cyber czar to draw on new powers from defense bill 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.

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“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 SchumerNikki Haley unveils PAC ahead of possible 2024 White House bid Trump calls for 'NO violence' amid concerns of threats around inauguration Amazon cites death threats in push to keep Parler offline 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 MulvaneyThe Hill's Morning Report - House to impeach Trump this week Democrats, GOP face defining moments after Capitol riot The Memo: GOP and nation grapple with what comes next 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.