Reports on Bolton’s Book Splits GOP, Collins Says It Strengthens the Case to Vote for Witnesses

Susan Collins

As the allegations from former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s upcoming book reverberated through Washington, D.C., several Republicans shared how they feel the information could factor into the Senate’s impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

On Sunday, The New York Times reported that a draft manuscript of Bolton’s upcoming book says Trump tied the hold on military aid to Ukraine to an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, as IJR has previously reported.

Senate Democrats have urged their Republican colleagues to join them in voting to subpoena Bolton as a witness in the trial. They would need four Republicans to get the simple majority required to call witnesses.

On Monday, it appeared that more Republican senators might be willing to subpoena Bolton in light of the new allegations in his book.

Speaking to reporters, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) —who has been considered a potential swing vote in the trial — said Bolton’s testimony is relevant and signaled that he would vote to subpoena Bolton. He also suggested that other Republican senators might vote for a subpoena as well.

“I think it’s increasingly likely that other Republicans will join those of us who think we should hear from John Bolton,” Romney said.

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Another senator that is seen as a potential swing vote, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), said the reports on Bolton’s book “strengthen the case for witnesses and have prompted a number of conversations among my colleagues.”

Collins added that even before the trial began, she said she wanted to hear from new witnesses, “That has not changed.”

Meanwhile, other Republican senators appeared to be unphased by the reports on Bolton’s book. 

“He’s trying to sell a book,” Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said, adding, “He has credibility problems too. I wouldn’t, I wouldn’t bet my house on his credibility, and if I were betting your house, it would just be a maybe.”

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) slammed the new reports as a “selective leak” and suggested that there was “nothing new.”

“We learned nothing new, nothing new,” Barrasso said. “What we’ve now seen is a selective leak from a book. This is like Kavanaugh all over again.”

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) also called the reports a leak.

“My first thought honestly was ‘oh isn’t this exquisite timing!’ But again, this is leaked information…I mean, who leaked this.”

But, he said he believes Bolton would be “honest.”

Several conservative commentators also slammed the reports and suggested Bolton was trying to fuel his book sales, as IJR has previously reported

Published in IJR

Responses

  1. “Collins is not a socialist by any means. Why would you care?” I Ching

    You figure it out. It’s all in the headlines, so it should be easy for you.

  2. boinus: Sens. Sanders, Klobuchar, Warren will be off the campaign trail while this drags out WITH WITNESSES. That leaves Joe and the Butt to rampage freely on the campaign trails.

  3. Collins has had multiple chances to go against King Donald The Loser and she hasn’t.

    Nothing to see here.

    1. Collins is not a socialist by any means. Why would you care?

  4. That being said, bring ALL the witnesses. Bolton, the Bidens, Obozo, the not-whistleblower, etc.

    Let’s have ALL demonstrate the evidence that the Dims actually have AND maybe show the corruption in which the Bidens swim.

    Ooooh. What if Bernie gets the nomination as a result? Good. He’ll never be elected anyway, especially when the general election’s debates show him fo rthe Commie he is.

  5. 3. Notice how not a single “journalistishtic” person, even from the “paper of record and birdcage liner” has tried to corrorborate this with Bolton himself NOR named the source of this.

    “I heard Gropin’ Joe visited Epstein’s island to play scratch and sniff.”
    “Bernie didn’t just write about gang-rape and torture fantasies, he ran a private society that did just that. He was writing from personal experience and his campaign staff shows his true attitude.”

    That’s some integrity and fact-checking. Not. “Fake news” was never more appropriate than here.

  6. 2. The NYT makes shit up. No one either on the NYT staff or in the Senate has actually seen Bolton’s draft.

    They are acting on wishes and speculation, just like the not-whistleblower who wasn’t even there for the call. It’s literally making shit up.

  7. The brother of Vindman cleared this for release in Bolton’s book. Isn’t that convenient?

    1. That overstuffed sausage in uniform has no credibility. Why should his brother have any?

  8. 1. The NYT is NOT an objective source. Recall it’s all-out support of the Russian collusion-delusion. That really set its credibility to below zero.

  9. This the REO Speedwagon Effect. Heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend. This is a RUMOR, not a report.

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