GOP group launches ad campaign urging senators to call witnesses at impeachment trial

GOP group launches ad campaign urging senators to call witnesses at impeachment trial
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An anti-Trump Republican group is launching new ads urging senators to call witnesses as part of the impeachment trial that's kicking off in the Senate. 

Republicans for the Rule of Law is spending $1 million to air two ads on “Fox & Friends” and “Lou DobbsLouis (Lou) Carl DobbsCourt sets Smartmatic dismissal date on Giuliani, Bartiromo, others Fox News says Smartmatic lawsuit should be dismissed Dominion lawyer: We haven't ruled out suing Trump, other media outlets MORE Tonight” every day next week, the group announced Thursday. 

The ads center on letting former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right Ex-Trump adviser Bolton defends Milley: 'His patriotism is unquestioned' MORE testify. Bolton said earlier this month he would be willing to testify if subpoenaed. 

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One ad uses clips of House GOP members lamenting a lack of first-hand witnesses as part of the impeachment hearings. 

“Now, John Bolton, a witness with first-hand information, has agreed to testify in the Senate trial,” the narrator of the ad says. “Senate Republicans, Americans deserve the truth. Let Bolton testify.”

The second ad similarly focuses on Bolton’s knowledge of the administration’s decision to withhold aid to Ukraine, the issue central to allegations of President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE’s impeachment, urging senators to call the former official to testify. 

In addition to the TV ads on the Fox shows, Republicans for the Rule of Law will promote the ads across digital platforms for the next two weeks in Utah, Arkansas, Maine, Tennessee, Colorado and Arizona. 

Digital billboards with a similar message will also appear in each of the targeted states' capitals for the next two weeks.

The billboards ask, "What is Trump Hiding?"