Romney: 'Increasingly likely' other GOP senators will support hearing from Bolton

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyOutgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' Trump selects White House lawyer for coronavirus inspector general Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill MORE (R-Utah) said on Monday that he believes it is more likely other Republican senators will support subpoenaing former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonChina sees chance to expand global influence amid pandemic Trump ignores science at our peril Bolton defends decision to shutter NSC pandemic office MORE in the wake of an explosive New York Times report.

Romney said it’s “increasingly apparent” that the Senate should hear from Bolton after the Times reported that he claims in his forthcoming memoir that President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE tied Ukraine aid to help with investigations into Democrats.

“It’s pretty fair to say John Bolton has relevant testimony,” Romney told reporters. "I think it's increasingly likely that other Republicans will join those of us who think we should hear from John Bolton."



Bolton’s forthcoming memoir has thrown a curveball into Trump’s impeachment trial, which had appeared to be on track to wrap up this week.

Trump has denied Bolton’s allegation, and GOP allies, including Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsTrump shakes up WH communications team Kayleigh McEnany to take over as White House press secretary Grisham leaves role as White House press secretary MORE (R-N.C.), have argued that it doesn’t change the fact that Ukraine has said it didn’t feel pressure to investigate Democrats including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump shakes up WH communications team The Hill's Campaign Report: Wisconsin votes despite coronavirus pandemic The Intercept's Ryan Grim says Cuomo is winning over critics MORE and his son Hunter Biden.

But Democrats have seized on the allegation as evidence that the Senate needs to call new witnesses.

The chamber is expected to vote later this week on whether to call witnesses. If that vote is successful, both sides would then be able to make motions for specific individuals that would be voted on by the Senate.


Democrats need four Senate Republicans to vote with them to successfully call witnesses.

So far, Romney is the only GOP senator who said he wants to hear from Bolton, though he’s stressed that he’ll make a final decision after opening arguments and questions from senators.

Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsPresident tightens grip on federal watchdogs The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump gets new press secretary in latest shake-up Trump takes heat for firing intel watchdog during pandemic MORE (R-Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiLawmakers announce legislation to fund government purchases of oil Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves GOP senators begin informal talks on new coronavirus stimulus MORE (R-Alaska) have both signaled they are open to witnesses but want to make a decision after the initial phase of the trial. They have not weighed in on the Times story.