Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he will force a vote on calling Hunter Biden to the witness stand in the Senate impeachment trial if his colleagues support Democrat calls for ex-National Security Adviser John Bolton to testify.
“My colleagues cant have it both ways. Calling for some, while blocking others,” Paul said on Twitter.
He shared a Politico report that said Paul warned colleagues at a Republican lunch last week that they couldnt vote for Bolton and not vote on witnesses that President Donald Trump wants.
Paul told fellow GOP members that conservative voters would be upset if lawmakers who could be unseated were undercutting Trump.
My colleagues cant have it both ways. Calling for some, while blocking others. If we are going to give a platform to witnesses the Dems demand, I look forward to forcing votes to call Hunter Biden and many more! https://t.co/hrOzVyiG9x
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 14, 2020
“If we are going to give a platform to witnesses the Dems demand, I look forward to forcing votes to call Hunter Biden and many more!” Paul added on Twitter.
Biden was at the heart of Trumps July phone call with Ukraines President Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump accused Biden and his father, former Vice President and current 2020 Democrat Joe Biden, of corruption related to Ukraine. Hunter Biden served on the board of the energy company Burisma from 2014 to 2019 and Joe Biden admitted last year that he pressured Ukraines leadership in 2016 to oust the prosecutor who was probing Burisma.
Both Bidens have denied wrongdoing.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has repeatedly called on four Republican senators to vote with his 47 members to bring witnesses in during the trial. He wants Bolton, Robert Blair, a senior adviser to Mulvaney; former National Security Adviser John Bolton; and Michael Duffey, associate director for national security at the Office of Management and Budget, to testify.
The witnesses have “direct knowledge of administration decisions regarding the delay in security assistance funds to the government of Ukraine and the requests for certain investigations to be announced by the government of Ukraine,” Schumer wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Some have wondered about Schumer pushing to vote on witnesses.
“Im a bit baffled why Democrats are so enthusiastic about forcing witness votes to embarrass GOP senators,” former top McConnell aide Josh Holmes wrote on Twitter on Monday. “That seems like a terrific way to end up with Hunter Biden in the chair.”
Law professor Jonathan Turley, who testified during the impeachment inquiry, said that Biden “would be a relevant defense witness” in a conventional trial.