Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) Warned other Caucus members that rejecting the subpoena of President Trump’s favorite witness in the Senate impeachment process would be equivalent to rejecting your choice.
“If you don’t want to vote and think you have to vote against Hunter Biden, you should only vote against witnesses, period,” said Paul, adding that his “first preference” would be a no-witness trial.
“. , , If you insist that people like Bolton come forward, my insistence will not only be a witness. But the president should be able to call witnesses that he considers necessary to defend himself, ”said Paul.
My colleagues can’t have it both ways. Some demand, others block. If we want to give a platform to witnesses to the Dems demand, I look forward to forcing voices to call Hunter Biden and many more! https://t.co/hrOzVyiG9x
– Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 14, 2020
Last week, McConnell announced that Republicans, who hold a 53:47 majority in the Senate, received at least 51 votes to proceed with a process similar to that of former President Bill Clinton. Afterwards, there was a vote on the request for witnesses. But a vote to allow witnesses to convene appears likely after the GOP leadership suggested that Republicans “generally have no interest in the request to be released”.
Paul said he believed immediate dismissal was doomed to fail. “There could be 10” Republicans trying to call witnesses.
Minority leader Chuck Schumer and Democrats have called for witnesses like John Bolton to testify. They also argued that newly published documents should be allowed to shed light on Rudy Giuliani and Lev Parnas’ attempts to oust former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.