According to a new report from Politico Rand Paul said he’s considering forcing a vote on the Senate floor to bring Hunter Biden in as a witness to the impeachment trial.
Other witnesses, including the whistleblower could potentially be brought in as well.
Rand had earlier argued on the Senate floor why he believes the whistleblower, Joe and Hunter Biden should have to testify as “material witnesses.”
Speaking on the Senate Floor, @RandPaul attacks the whistleblower and says he should be compelled to testify… about Joe Biden. He also argues that Joe and Hunter Biden should have to testify as "material witnesses." pic.twitter.com/JDpCL82Qel
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) November 6, 2019
Sen. Rand Paul could force a vote on the Senate floor that would bring Hunter Biden or other White House-favored impeachment witnesses to an impeachment trial.
Paul said on Thursday he’s considering forcing votes on motions in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial allowing Trump to bring his own witnesses. The Kentucky senator and close Trump ally has urged Congress to call Hunter Biden as a witness for his work at a Ukrainian energy company.
The House’s impeachment inquiry is investigating whether the president abused his power when he pressured Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter in exchange for military aid.
Though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) urged Republicans on Wednesday to limit divisive votes to bring in witnesses, senators believe they will be able to offer their own amendments on the chamber’s impeachment resolution. Some Republicans also want the Senate to call the whistleblower.
“I believe very strongly the president should be able to call his own witnesses,” Paul told reporters on Thursday. “The rules that are put forward will be amendable, so yes I will consider strongly that the president should get his full due process, which to me means bringing in his own witnesses.”
Such a vote would need a majority, meaning Democrats and a handful of Republicans can defeat them fairly easily. But those votes are likely to be difficult for GOP senators facing reelection who are trying to balance their support of Trump with appeals to independent voters.
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Appearing on a rare interview with ABC News, Hunter Biden defended the ethics of his foreign ventures but also admitted “poor judgement” on his part.
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