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Progressive group targeting vulnerable GOP senators on impeachment witnesses

Progressive group targeting vulnerable GOP senators on impeachment witnesses
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A Democratic group has launched a six-figure ad campaign targeting five vulnerable Republican senators over the GOP's reluctance to call for witnesses as part of the ongoing Senate impeachment trial.

Majority Forward, a nonprofit affiliated with the Democratic super PAC Senate Majority, will air statewide ads targeting Republican Sens. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyNew rule shakes up Senate Armed Services subcommittees The Seventeenth Amendment and the censure of Donald Trump Ex-astronaut Mark Kelly jokes about piloting congressional subway MORE (Ariz.), Cory GardnerCory GardnerBiden administration reverses Trump changes it says 'undermined' conservation program Gardner to lead new GOP super PAC ahead of midterms OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court rules against fast-track of Trump EPA's 'secret science' rule | Bureau of Land Management exodus: Agency lost 87 percent of staff in Trump HQ relocation | GM commits to electric light duty fleet by 2035 MORE (Colo.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Overnight Health Care: Johnson & Johnson vaccine safe, effective in FDA analysis | 3-4 million doses coming next week | White House to send out 25 million masks Biden's picks face peril in 50-50 Senate MORE (Maine), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstWe know how Republicans will vote — but what do they believe? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by TikTok - Senate trial will have drama, but no surprise ending Overnight Defense: Pentagon says extremist groups 'very aggressively recruit' troops | Capitol Guard deployment estimated at 3M | No US combat deaths in Afghanistan for a year | VA secretary confirmed MORE (Iowa) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisMcConnell backs Garland for attorney general GOP senators demand probe into Cuomo's handling of nursing home deaths CNN anchor confronts GOP chairman over senator's vote to convict Trump MORE (N.C.) in their respective states.

The 30-second ads “Oath” and “Rigged” hit the Republicans for not pushing for a vote to compel witnesses as part of the trial, the group announced Monday.

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The ads will run on digital and connected TV platforms, such as Hulu, through Friday. A spokesperson for Majority Forward said the campaign is a “sizable six-figure buy” split across the five states. 

“Senate Republicans have broken their oath of impartiality and their promise to the American people by playing along with Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Murkowski undecided on Tanden as nomination in limbo MORE’s cover-up,” Senate Majority PAC President J.B. Poersch said in the announcement. 

“By refusing to get the facts and demand a fair trial from the onset, Senate Republicans are putting party politics over principle. Our new ad campaign urges these vulnerable incumbents to do their jobs and demand a fair trial now,” Poersch added.

A vote on whether to allow witnesses is expected to take place later this week. If all Democrats vote in favor of the measure, four Republicans will need to join them for the resolution to pass.

Democrats have been pushing for witnesses as part of the Senate trial, arguing that by not allowing them, Republicans are blocking the opportunity for a fair trial. 

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Some Republicans have signaled they may vote for witnesses, especially in the wake of a bombshell New York Times report on former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonTrump offered North Korea's Kim a ride home on Air Force One: report Key impeachment figure Pence sticks to sidelines Bolton lawyer: Trump impeachment trial is constitutional MORE’s upcoming book. 

The Times reported on Sunday night that Bolton claims in his forthcoming memoir that President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE tied Ukraine aid to help with investigations into Democrats, including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video MORE and his son Hunter Biden. The allegations are at the heart of the impeachment trial, and Bolton is one of several firsthand witnesses Democrats have been calling for. 

Collins said Monday the reports about Bolton’s book “strengthen the case for witnesses and have prompted a number of conversations among my colleagues.” 

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRomney-Cotton, a Cancun cabbie and the minimum wage debate Biden's picks face peril in 50-50 Senate Murkowski undecided on Tanden as nomination in limbo MORE (R-Utah) similarly told reporters Monday that it is “increasingly likely” additional GOP senators will support calling Bolton.