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

Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerHouse Freedom Caucus chairman endorses Collins's Georgia Senate bid Doug Collins not interested in national intelligence role despite Trump interest The Hill's Morning Report — Sanders, Dems zero in on Super Tuesday MORE (R-Ga.) on Monday lashed out at fellow GOP Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyPaul Ryan says he disagrees with Romney's impeachment vote Progressives hope Nevada offers roadmap for pro-union 2020 victory Texas woman sentenced for illegal voting faces deportation after parole MORE (Utah) over his apparent openness to call witnesses as part of President TrumpDonald John TrumpAdvisor: Sanders could beat Trump in Texas Bloomberg rips Sanders over Castro comments What coronavirus teaches us for preventing the next big bio threat MORE's impeachment trial.

Loeffler — who was just sworn into the Senate earlier this month after being appointed to succeed Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonHouse Freedom Caucus chairman endorses Collins's Georgia Senate bid Progressive group backs Senate candidates in Georgia, Iowa Overnight Health Care: Trump budget calls for cutting Medicaid, ACA by T | Trump proposes removing FDA authority over tobacco | Lawmakers frustrated by lack of emergency funds for coronavirus 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 BoltonTrump directly sought to block publication of Bolton's book: WaPo 'Parasite' studio fires back after Trump criticism: 'He can't read' Trump swipes at 'little wise guy' Brad Pitt, Korean film 'Parasite' during rally 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 MurkowskiTrump budget includes proposal for US Consulate in Greenland Democrats worried about Trump's growing strength The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in 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 CollinsBill Barr is trying his best to be Trump's Roy Cohn The new American center Democratic Senate campaign arm raised more than .5 million in January 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 CollinsHouse Freedom Caucus chairman endorses Collins's Georgia Senate bid The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday Congress set for clash over surveillance reforms 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.