If the Senate decides to consider new impeachment witnesses, Republican Senator Hawley wants to ensure the Bidens and Adam Schiff are included and force votes on them.
During a Press conference reacting to Trump’s legal team, Senate Minority Chuck Schumer claimed Trump’s team has made the case for calling witnesses “stronger.”
In addition, while he acknowledged it would not be easy to persuade 4 Republican Senators to join Democrats to agree to witnesses, he thinks it’s possible.
“Do I think it’s easy to get four Republicans? Absolutely not. Do I think we have a chance … and after today, maybe even a little more so? Yes, I do.” Schumer said per TheHill.
In addition, Utah Senator Mitt Romney has signaled he’s “very likely” to be in favor of witnesses and vote alongside Democrats.
“I think it’s very likely I’ll be in favor of witnesses, but I haven’t made a decision finally yet and I won’t until the testimony is completed,” said Romney per CNN.
Politico reports if the Senate decides to consider new impeachment trial witnesses and documents next week, Sen. Josh Hawley plans to try and force votes on everyone from Adam Schiff to Joe Biden.
The Missouri Republican is preparing to file subpoena requests for witnesses and documents that Democrats and Republicans alike won’t want to vote on. Hawley’s strategy harmonizes with plans from GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky to force votes to hear from Hunter Biden, the former vice president’s son who was on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma.
Their tactics are intended to convince a handful of senators to sink a vote next week to consider new evidence in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Trump’s attempt to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens is at the heart of the impeachment case against the president.
If the witness vote succeeds, Hawley aims to force votes on subpoenas for House Intelligence Chairman Schiff (D-Calif.), Vice President Biden, Hunter Biden, Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, the still-unnamed whistleblower who reported Trump’s July call with the Ukrainian president and a reported acquaintance of the whistleblower’s.
White House counsel Pat Cipollone hinted at a Schiff subpoena during testimony before the Senate on Saturday by noting he didn’t appear before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on impeachment.
Democrats already forced votes to subpoena acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, former national security adviser John Bolton, and documents related to the administration’s decision-making on aid to Ukraine earlier this week, all of which failed on party lines. Democrats say that the Bidens aren’t relevant to the investigation.