GOP senator: Romney trying to 'appease the left' with impeachment witnesses

Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerGOP women's group rolls out endorsements ahead of contested races Senators ask DeVos to adjust FAFSA form due to the coronavirus pandemic Bossie, Lewandowski warned Trump he was in trouble in 2020: report MORE (R-Ga.) on Monday lashed out at fellow GOP Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDemocrats broaden probe into firing of State Department watchdog Coronavirus and America's economic miracle Former Romney strategist joins anti-Trump Lincoln Project MORE (Utah) over his apparent openness to call witnesses as part of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE's impeachment trial.

Loeffler — who was just sworn into the Senate earlier this month after being appointed to succeed Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonJustice Department closing stock investigations into Loeffler, Inhofe, Feinstein Loeffler runs ad tying Doug Collins to Pelosi, Sanders, Biden The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip MORE (R-Ga.), who was popular among members on both sides of the aisle — tweeted that it was "time to move on" from the impeachment effort. 

"Sadly, my colleague [Romney] wants to appease the left by calling witnesses who will slander the @realDonaldTrump during their 15 minutes of fame. The circus is over," Loeffler tweeted.

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Officials for Romney didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Loeffler, in her tweet, didn't specify what comment from Romney had sparked the public call out of her colleague, but it comes after Romney reiterated his interest in hearing from former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonHave the courage to recognize Taiwan McConnell says Obama administration 'did leave behind' pandemic plan Trump company lawyer warned Michael Cohen not to write 'tell-all' book: report MORE on Monday, though he specified that he would make a final decision after opening arguments and questions from senators.

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

Romney later clarified that his prediction was not based on conversations with senators. But his comments came the same day he spoke out about the need to hear testimony from Bolton in a lunch with Republican colleagues, a GOP aide confirmed to The Hill. 

Romney isn't the only GOP senator who has indicated that he would be open to hearing from witnesses.  

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration gives renewables more time to take advantage of tax credits | House Republicans introduce bill to speed mining projects for critical minerals | Watchdog faults EPA communications in contamination of NC river Trump administration gives renewables more time to take advantage of tax credits GOP senators urge Trump not to restrict guest worker visas MORE (R-Alaska) said on Monday that she is "curious" what Bolton might say, but is waiting until after the initial phase of the trial to make a decision on witnesses.  

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDemocrats gear up to hit GOP senators on DACA OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration gives renewables more time to take advantage of tax credits | House Republicans introduce bill to speed mining projects for critical minerals | Watchdog faults EPA communications in contamination of NC river The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Unemployment claims now at 41 million with 2.1 million more added to rolls; Topeka mayor says cities don't have enough tests for minorities and homeless communities MORE (R-Maine) also said Bolton's allegations "strengthen the case" for witnesses, but she similarly will wait before she makes a decision. 

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Loeffler and her husband donated to a pro-Romney super PAC in 2012, according to Open Secrets

Loeffler is on the ballot in November for the rest of Isakson's term, which expires in 2022. Her appointment was met with a rocky reception by conservatives. Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsGOP women's group rolls out endorsements ahead of contested races Bossie, Lewandowski warned Trump he was in trouble in 2020: report The Hill's Campaign Report: GOP beset by convention drama MORE (R-Ga.) hasn't ruled out running against Loeffler.  

An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll released earlier this month found that more than 57 percent of Georgia voters didn't know enough about Loeffler to have a favorable or unfavorable opinion. 

Of those who said they had an opinion, 30 percent of Republican voters said they have a favorable opinion, compared to nearly 10 percent who said they have an unfavorable opinion and nearly 60 percent of Republican voters who say they don't know enough to have an opinion.