A new report from Marketwatch identifies 4 of the most likely GOP Senators to side with Democrats on allowing witnesses into the Trump impeachment trial based on comments they have already made.
Democrats need to persuade a minimum of 4 GOP Senators in order to prevent their calls for witnesses from being outright rejected.
Both Nadler and Schiff may have already made key strategic mistakes when it comes to winning them over.
Nadler upset and offended Collins and Murkowski with emotional rhetoric and accusations of a “cover up.”
Meanwhile, Schiff managed to upset an entire room of GOP Senators by quoting a unconfirmed new story about the Trump administration threatening heads on a pike which many GOP Senators have called outright false.
Nevertheless, these are 4 “moderate” GOP Senators that would be the most likely swing votes.
Sen. Susan Collins, who is in a closely watched re-election race, said the following in a statement Tuesday: “As I said last week, while I need to hear the case argued and the questions answered, I anticipate that I would conclude that having additional information would be helpful. It is likely that I would support a motion to subpoena witnesses at that point in the trial, just as I did in 1999.”
Sen. Mitt Romney, who has criticized Trump in the past, had this to say on Jan. 13: “I’ve said I’d like to hear from John Bolton. I expect that, barring some kind of surprise, I’ll be voting in favor of hearing from witnesses after those opening arguments.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski has been cagey on the issue. According to an Alaska Public Media report, she told reporters in Anchorage on Jan. 18 that, while at the trial’s start she would be voting with her party against amendments demanding witnesses, no one should assume she will oppose calling witnesses later.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, who plans to retire after his current term ends this year, has been coy in recent interviews and said “maybe” he will vote for witnesses but “maybe not,” according to a Politico report on Thursday. He is unlikely to be the 51st vote for witnesses, but rather, if he’s feeling the need for witnesses, other Republicans would join him and scramble plans on how to handle new testimony in the trial, the report added.