Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made no qualms about it: He is a Trump loyalist to the umpteenth degree. And, as soon as he gets a chance, he’ll end this Senate impeachment trial and give the President a hearty high five.
As part of this plan, McConnell has roundly and repeatedly rejected the idea of allowing witnesses to be called, choosing instead to work toward an expedient acquittal of Trump. Given the GOP majority in the Senate, there is mathematically no way that the Democrats could stop McConnell, should he keep all of his flock together.
Unfortunately for McConnell, new revelations from a forthcoming book by former national security adviser John Bolton seem to make it obvious that there’s more fact finding left to do.
On NPR on Monday, Senator Angus King said:
“I’ll be amazed if there is a strong push to say no, we’re not going to allow John Bolton. It’s one thing to say we don’t know what he’s going to say. We don’t really need to hear from him. But if there is some indication that he has information that bears directly on the heart of the case, to willfully say we don’t want to hear that, to me basically just undermines the idea that this is a real trial.”
When asked if four Republicans would vote to hear Bolton, King said, “I think there will be more than four. My bold prediction is there will be five or ten.”
Bolton’s book alleges that Donald Trump did indeed condition certain aspects of national foreign policy relations with Ukraine on their cooperating in a manner politically advantageous to the President.
The Commander in Chief has repeatedly and categorically denied these claims.