Romney to vote in favor of impeachment witnesses

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyShame on Biden for his Atlanta remarks — but are we surprised? The Memo: Blame game intensifies over nation's divide ​​Democrats make voting rights push ahead of Senate consideration MORE (R-Utah) will vote on Friday to allow additional witnesses and documents in President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' MORE's impeachment trial.

Liz Johnson, a spokesman for Romney, confirmed that the freshman senator will support an initial vote to pave the way for new witnesses and specifically wants to hear from former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonFormer Trump officials plotting effort to blunt his impact on elections: report Equilibrium/Sustainability — Fire calls infrastructural integrity into question Will Biden's 2021 foreign policy failures reverberate in 2022? MORE.

As Romney "has said, he wants to hear from Ambassador Bolton, and he will vote in favor of the motion today to consider witnesses," Johnson tweeted on Friday.

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Romney was widely expected to vote in favor of calling witnesses after emerging as the most vocal GOP senator in favor of hearing new testimony as part of Trump's trial.

He also made the case during a closed-door lunch this week urging his colleagues to back hearing from Bolton after The New York Times reported that he will claim in his forthcoming memoir that President Trump tied Ukraine aid to the country announcing investigations into Democrats.

Romney is the second Republican senator to say they will vote to allow witnesses. Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret Collins'All or nothing' won't bolster American democracy: Reform the filibuster and Electoral Count Act Voting rights, Trump's Big Lie, and Republicans' problem with minorities More than 30 million families to lose child tax credit checks starting this weekend MORE (R-Maine), a moderate who is up for reelection in November, announced late Thursday night that she will also support the effort.

The rules resolution that passed last week for the trial allows for a vote on whether to request new witnesses or documents.

Democrats will need four Republicans to vote with them to allow witnesses as part of the trial — or three Republicans and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to step in to break a tie and side with them. 

This developing report will be updated.