Mitt Romney Says He Would 'Like To Hear From' John Bolton At Senate Impeachment Trial

Mitt Romney said he would like to hear from John Bolton at the Senate impeachment trial and suggested he would vote in favor of hearing testimony from the former national security adviser.

The GOP senator for Utah told reporters in footage broadcast by MSNBC on Monday that he supported a "vote on witnesses later" in the impeachment process, and said he was "open" on who he would vote to call forward as witnesses.

But when pressed on whether he would like to hear testimony from the former Trump administration official Bolton, the former Republican presidential candidate said he was "someone who I would like to hear from."

Romney indicated his support for Bolton providing witness testimony at the coming Senate impeachment trial just a week after the former national security adviser said he would be willing to testify before the chamber if he is subpoenaed.

Mitt Romney and President Donald Trump
Mitt Romney listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a session on youth vaping of electronic cigarette on November 22, 2019 in the Cabinet Room of the White House. Alex Wong/Getty Images

His claim to be "prepared to testify" before the Senate followed his earlier refusal to testify during the Democratic-led House impeachment inquiry.

Speaking to reporters in a clip aired by MSNBC's Hardball last night, Romney said: "I support the Clinton impeachment model, which is a vote on witnesses later. But as to which witnesses I'd want to hear from and so forth, that's something which I'm open to until after the opening arguments."

Asked it that included Bolton, the senator added: "Including John Bolton, yes. He's someone who I would like to hear from, and presumably I get the chance to vote for that."

Newsweek contacted the Washington office of Mitt Romney for further comment, and will update this article with any response.

Former national security adviser Bolton said on January 6 that he would be willing to testify if the Senate issued a subpoena against him.

"Accordingly, since my testimony is once again at issue, I have had to resolve the serious competing issues as best I could, based on careful consideration and study," Bolton said in a statement at the time. "I have concluded that, if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify."

But the president suggested in an interview with Fox News that he would block impeachment trial testimony from Bolton and other administration officials if they were subpoenaed.

"I'd like Mick to testify, I'd like Mike Pompeo to testify, I'd like Rick Perry to testify," Trump said. "But there are things that you can't do from the standpoint of executive privilege."

If a new poll published by Quinnipiac University is anything to go by, blocking impeachment trial testimony from Bolton would be at odds with the wishes of the American public.

The survey results published on Monday revealed that two-thirds of U.S. adults wanted to see ex-administration official appear before the Senate, including just under four in ten Republicans. A total of 1,562 self-identified registered voters in the U.S. were surveyed for the poll.