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 DobbsHouse Republican urges GOP lawmakers to join effort to stop 'illegitimate' Biden win Lou Dobbs presses Stephen Miller to take up Cruz offer on Trump Lou Dobbs demands GOP help Trump fight for 'what is rightfully his' MORE Tonight” every day next week, the group announced Thursday. 

The ads center on letting former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonPence, other GOP officials expected to skip Trump send-off NSA places former GOP political operative in top lawyer position after Pentagon chief's reported order After insurrection: The national security implications MORE testify. Bolton said earlier this month he would be willing to testify if subpoenaed. 


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 TrumpMore than two-thirds of Americans approve of Biden's coronavirus response: poll Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 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?"