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Graham: There will be 51 GOP votes to call Bidens, whistleblower

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) predicted on Tuesday that if the Senate opens the door to calling new witnesses, Republicans will vote to subpoena President Trump’s top targets.

“I’ll make a prediction: There will be 51 Republican votes to call Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, the whistleblower and the DNC staffer at a minimum,” Graham told reporters.

His comments come as former national security adviser John Bolton’s claim in his forthcoming memoir that President Trump tied Ukraine aid to the country opening up investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

GOP leadership had hoped to end the trial with no witnesses, but Bolton’s accusation, reported by The New York Times, has thrown the ability of the caucus to quickly end the trial into question. 

Conservatives are warning that if four Republican senators side with Democrats to call Bolton, then Trump’s legal team should get as many witnesses. Since Democrats would not support calling the Bidens or the whistleblower, Republicans would have to provide the 51 votes from their 53 members. 

The Senate is expected to vote Friday on whether to call witnesses. If 51 senators support calling witnesses, that would open the door to both sides making motions for specific individuals. The Senate would then vote on those specific individuals. 

Democrats have said they want to subpoena four individuals, including Bolton and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

Updated: 1:23 p.m. 

Tags Donald Trump Impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump Joe Biden Joe Biden John Bolton John Bolton Lindsey Graham Lindsey Graham Mick Mulvaney Mick Mulvaney Trump–Ukraine controversy
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