According to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), if Democrats keep pushing to call their own witnesses in the impeachment trial, 51 GOP Senators are also ready to vote to call several witnesses Dems have been protecting for months now.
Graham told reporters on Tuesday, “I’ll make a prediction: There will be 51 Republican votes to call Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, the whistleblower, and the DNC staffer at a very minimum.”
The recent leak of former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s memoir manuscript to the New York Times has re-ignited calls from the Democrats to subpoena the former White House official.
Although Senate Republicans have been mostly united against introducing new witnesses into the Senate trial, GOP leadership has made it clear that if Democrats force the issue, it will not be one-sided like the House impeachment hearings were.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), one of the rising anti-impeachment stars, said on Saturday, “We’ve got to be fair. We’ve got to follow the principle of reciprocity, which means if [Democrats] get John Bolton, we get Hunter Biden.”
So far, Senate leaders Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have been unable to come to a witness agreement in the Senate trial, although recent reports say that McConnell doesn’t believe that he will be able to muster the votes to block witnesses outright.