Republican Senator Reportedly Mulling a Witness Swap, ‘One for One’ Deal in Impeachment Inquiry

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is reportedly considering a witness swap in the impeachment trial, where Democrats and Republicans would each be allowed to call one witness forward.

Toomey, who garners significant respect in the Senate, has reportedly been discussing the idea with several colleagues. He believes the “one-for-one” deal may be necessary at some point, according to The Washington Post, especially after the revelations about former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s book manuscript.

In a scenario where Democrats and Republicans each got to call a witness forward, the prevailing belief is that Democrats would call Bolton forward and Republicans would call Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.

Leading Senate Republicans like Ted Cruz (Texas) have repeatedly supported the idea of “witness reciprocity” that would include calling both Biden and Bolton forward.

Toomey’s office hasn’t commented on the report, but two Republican Party aides told The Washington Post that he had been in contact with Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) about the proposal. Romney apparently made a “strong pitch” to other Republican senators for witnesses during a Republican lunch on Monday, Politico reported. He’s also called Bolton’s testimony “relevant.”

Democrats have so far rejected the idea of a witness swap.

“I think it’s increasingly likely that other Republicans will join those of us who think we should hear from John Bolton,” Romney told reporters. “It’s important to be able to hear from John Bolton for us to be able to make an impartial judgment.”

Democrats would need four Republican senators to break ranks and vote for witnesses in order to overcome the Republican majority in the Senate. All eyes are now on Romney, and Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Ark.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine.), who are the most likely Republicans to vote for new witnesses and change the course of the impeachment trial.

If Republicans hold their ground, the president could be acquitted by the end of the week. If new witnesses and evidence are admitted to the trial, it could last for weeks or months longer.


  1. “WHY would a swap be necessary?” Phyllis

    Because discussion of any swap would act as a diversion.

    “WHY did they not want to know the facts?” Phyllis

    Because King Donald The Loser couldn’t be defended by facts. The truth is not on his side, it would expose him.

  2. >Screwtape<

    Interesting read on Breitbart from Politico investigative sources about how corrupt the Biden clan is as multi-millionaires at Government (taxpayer) expense. Article lists corrupt activities in financial matters/contracts by Quid Pro Quo Joe's brother James; brother Frank; sister Valerie and son Hunter (in his $129,000 Porsche with pregnant "wife"). So, more facts are floating to the surface about the Creep as head of the Biden mob.
    Also, just received another video from the Project Veritas undercover team involving two more of Commie Bernie's South Carolina Field Organizers. The latest 17 minute video reveals two, admitted "Marxist-Leninists" anti-American long-haired hippie creeps – Mason Baird and Daniel Taylor – who are heard verbally promoting "extreme actions", "violence" and "property damage" IF Commie dictator Bernie is not elected in November. Destroying capitalism is one of their goals and converting Republicans to that failed political philosophy – Socialism/Communism.

  3. If McConnell has 53 R Senators, WHAT is the need for a “swap”? Mitch could subpoena ANYONE he wants as all he needs is 51 votes. If the Biden issue is a serious concern to them, WHERE have they been? R’s had control of both the House and Senate in 2016, 17, AND 18. R’s have had control of Senate committees in 2016 – present day. The DOJ has been under Trump appointee Boente, Sessions, Whitaker or Barr control since January 23, 2017 to present day. THREE YEARS. If crimes were committed by the Bidens, does it make a lick of sense that they have turned a blind eye? If the DOD found evidence of a crime, WHY would Trump ask Ukraine, a country he claims has corruption issues, to investigate the Bidens? I never expect Trumpers to think what I conclude after researching a topic, BUT you do not need research to recall the known events of the last 3 years. THINK.

  4. Do it and call the Dimocrat bluff. Forget the one-for-one. If they get to call witnesses then ALL witnesses are on the table. Every single one.

    I wonder if they will blink first if that is proposed.

    1. See, Screw gets it. McConnell has the votes to call anyone he wishes. WHY would a swap be necessary? If Senators don’t want to call witnesses those up for election can explain it to the voters in the 2020 cycle, the 2022 cycle, the 2024 cycle. Their opponents will be bringing it up. WHY did they not want to know the facts?

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