North Carolina lawmaker Mark Meadows used a portion of his time on a pre-taped CBS interview to warn Senate Republicans who might be considering breaking with President Donald Trump and the White House on the issue of calling witnesses to think twice before turning on the party.
According to The Hill, Meadows warned that voters pay attention to votes cast in both chambers of congress and that a vote on impeachment will likely be the highest-profile vote of a politician’s total career.
As GOP senators who travel in the Centrist lanes, or closer to them than others, face mounting pressure to vote in favor of calling witnesses, Meadows said that now is not the time to break with the White House.
“I mean listen, I don’t want to speak for my Senate colleagues. But there are always political repercussions for every vote you take,” Meadows said. “There is no vote that is higher profile than this.”
Meadows’ warning comes as Republican senators such as Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski signal that they would be open to witnesses, especially with renewed interest from Democrats to have former national security adviser John Bolton take the stand, in light of reportedly new revelations about Ukraine.
The primary challenge facing Democratic senators is the fact that if any witnesses like Bolton are called to testify, then Republicans will quickly move to call witnesses of their own — including the likes of Hunter Biden and possibly even the anonymous whistleblower who jump-started the entire impeachment process.
Rand Paul made clear last week that if Democrats are allowed to have witnesses, he would immediately move to force a vote on calling Hunter Biden and others as witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial.