Jan 24, 2020

Polls: Americans want new witnesses in Trump's impeachment trial

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Several polls out this week show a majority of Americans would like to see Congress bring forward new witnesses to testify in President Trump's impeachment trial.

The state of play: Democrats could be a few Republican votes short to call new witnesses, Axios' Alayna Treene and Jonathan Swan previously reported.

  • Several players involved in the investigation regarding Ukraine, like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former national security adviser John Bolton, have said they would testify if subpoenaed by Congress.

By the numbers: Polling out Friday from ABC News and the Washington Post shows 66% of Americans want the Senate to call new witnesses. Several other polls this week returned with similar approval for witnesses:

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Poll: 75% of Americans say witnesses should testify at impeachment trial

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75% of registered voters say witnesses should be allowed to testify in President Trump's Senate impeachment trial, a Quinnipiac University poll published Tuesday finds.

Between the lines: 49% of Republicans surveyed say they support having witnesses, a sign that they may be hoping to hear from Hunter Biden on his work in Ukraine more than former national security adviser John Bolton.

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said Sunday on "Meet the Press" that Republican senators are "deathly afraid of what witnesses will have to say" in President Trump's impeachment trial and have made it their goal to "deprive the public of a fair trial."

Why it matters: Democrats have made admitting additional witnesses — specifically former national security adviser John Bolton — the focus of their strategy to convince Republican senators to vote for Trump's removal.

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Romney: It's "increasingly likely" Senate Republicans will vote for Bolton testimony

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said Monday that it is "increasingly likely" that he and at least three other Senate Republicans will vote to call former national security adviser John Bolton as a witness in President Trump's impeachment trial.

Why it matters: His comments come after the New York Times reported that Bolton alleges in his forthcoming book that Trump told him he needed aid withheld from Ukraine until it helped with investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens.

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