By Townhall. The witness aspect of the impeachment trial for President Trump has been the controversy on Capitol Hill this week, especially after Former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s book preview insinuated he may have relevant information. Democrats, who have historically demonized Bolton, immediately pounced and demanded Bolton testify. Most Republicans have united against a hypothetical Bolton testimony, on account of national security, and dragging the taxpayer funded impeachment charade on longer than necessary. As multiple GOP senators pointed out, the timing of the leak of Bolton’s memo to the New York Times is suspicious, at best.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has thus far indicated that his majority does not yet have the votes to block witness testimony. Some Republicans have floated the idea of allowing Bolton to testify if the Democrats will concede former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden or Rep. Adam Schiff (R-CA). Democrats insist that the Bidens are completely vindicated, and have no place in this impeachment trial.
It appears that the game may be shifting. Senate Republicans are optimistic that witnesses will be blocked. Republicans in the upper chamber met with Leader McConnell this morning. (Read more from “REPORT: GOP Has Votes to Block Witnesses in Impeachment Trial” HERE)
Trump Impeachment Trial: Senators Pose Questions Over Evidence
By New York Post. In a dramatic opening to the questioning phase of President Trump’s impeachment trial Wednesday, three Republican senators asked Trump’s lawyers what effect it would have on their decision if the president had multiple reasons for his actions regarding Ukraine.
“If President Trump had more than one motive for his alleged conduct, such as the pursuit of personal political advantage, rooting out corruption and the promotion of national interests, how should the Senate consider more than one motive in its assessment of Article I?” said the written query from GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah.
All three are moderates who are considered possible defectors from the Republican caucus.
One of Trump’s lawyers, Patrick Philbin, responded by arguing that even if Trump acted out of personal interest, it was not an impeachable offense in asking Ukraine to probe Joe Biden.
“There are really two layers to my answer. I’d like to point out first, even if there was only one motive, the theory of abuse of power the House have presented for an impeachable offense we believe is constitutionally defective. It is not a permissible way to claim a claim of impeachable offense under the Constitution,” he said. (Read more from “Trump Impeachment Trial: Senators Pose Questions Over Evidence” HERE)