As President Donald Trump and his impeachment defense team spend the day and evening battling with House and Senate Democrats over the two articles of impeachment facing the president, Republican Sen. Susan Collins indicated that she’s “likely” to go against party wishes and vote to call witnesses for the impeachment trial.
According to The Washington Examiner, Collins made the statement on Tuesday as the impeachment trial carried on.
“It is likely that I would support a motion to subpoena witnesses,” Collins said in a statement.
Collins also indicated that she’s one of four GOP senators working behind the scenes in a possible attempt to give Democrats the simple majority needed that would allow both sides to call witnesses during Trump’s impeachment trial proceedings, which would radically change the course of the trial.
Democrats from both the House and the Senate have made clear that they’re intent on hearing testimony from former national security adviser John Bolton, who would presumably have information about the Ukraine situation they they could examine to help bolster their case against the president.
“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,” Collins said. “It is likely that I would support a motion to subpoena witnesses at that point in the trial, just as I did in 1999.”
Collins joins Democrats in their wishes to hear from Bolton, along with Republican Sen. Mitt Romney, who said earlier in the week that he would be open to the idea.
So far, during the trial, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer forced a vote on an amendment that would subpoena communications between Trump administration officials and Ukraine with regard to a July 25 phone call between Trump and the president of Ukraine.
The measure was shot down by Republican senators in a 53-47 vote. There’s speculation that Schumer will introduce more amendments as the trial continues.