Rand Paul says he will force vote on making Hunter Biden a witness

Sen. Rand Paul is threatening to call Hunter Biden as an impeachment witness if Democrats persevere and have witnesses testify at President Trump‘s Senate trial. 

‘My colleagues can’t have it both ways. Calling for some, while blocking others,’ Paul tweeted Monday night. ‘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!’ 

In the tweet, Paul linked to a Politico story that quotes him warning his colleagues that opening up the door to witnesses means witnesses President Trump wants too.  

Sen. Rand Paul threatened to call Hunter Biden to testify in front of the Senate as the body decides whether President Trump should be removed from office

Sen. Rand Paul threatened to call Hunter Biden to testify in front of the Senate as the body decides whether President Trump should be removed from office

Sen. Rand Paul threatened to call Hunter Biden to testify in front of the Senate as the body decides whether President Trump should be removed from office 

Sen. Rand Paul sent out a tweet Monday night saying he would call Hunter Biden as a witness to President Trump's Senate impeachment trial

Sen. Rand Paul sent out a tweet Monday night saying he would call Hunter Biden as a witness to President Trump's Senate impeachment trial

Sen. Rand Paul sent out a tweet Monday night saying he would call Hunter Biden as a witness to President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial 

Hunter Biden's (left) work for the Ukrainian energy company Burisma has been used by President Trump to suggest both he and former Vice President Joe Biden (right), a top 2020 rival, are corrupt

Hunter Biden's (left) work for the Ukrainian energy company Burisma has been used by President Trump to suggest both he and former Vice President Joe Biden (right), a top 2020 rival, are corrupt

Hunter Biden’s (left) work for the Ukrainian energy company Burisma has been used by President Trump to suggest both he and former Vice President Joe Biden (right), a top 2020 rival, are corrupt 

President Trump's Senate impeachment trial is expected to start in a week, the same day he'll deliver remarks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

President Trump's Senate impeachment trial is expected to start in a week, the same day he'll deliver remarks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial is expected to start in a week, the same day he’ll deliver remarks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland 

‘Don’t think you can just vote for [former National Security Advisor John] Bolton and not the witnesses Trump wants,’ Paul said during a party lunch last week, Politico said. 

At the center of Trump’s impeachment is whether he held up $400 million in military aid to Ukraine to pressure the country’s new president to announce investigations into Joe and Hunter Biden. 

Joe Biden, the former vice president, is one of Trump’s top 2020 Democratic rivals. 

Hunter Biden was on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma. 

Trump continues to suggest what Hunter Biden did was corrupt, telling supporters at his rallies that the former vice president’s son had zero experience in the energy sector yet made tens of thousands of dollars.  

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he expects Trump’s impeachment trial to start in a week, as the Senate is out for Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. 

Trump is due to appear that day in Davos, Switzerland, making a speech at the World Economic Forum. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will call a vote in the House Wednesday to move the two articles passed by her chamber last month over to the Senate.  

Pelosi had delayed handing over the articles in an effort to push the GOP-led Senate to call witnesses during Trump’s Senate trial. Bolton is one witness Democrats would like to see, though Trump has said he’d try to invoke executive privilege to stop his former aide from testifying. Democrats also want to call acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, among others. 

McConnell announced last week that he had the votes to bypass witnesses when the initial rules of the trial get a vote. 

But several members of the GOP caucus have said they’d green-light witnesses as the trial goes on. 

‘I’m not going to be voting for witnesses prior to the opening arguments,’ said Sen. Mitt Romney, a Republican, but one who’s feuded with the president in the past. ‘But I presume I’ll be voting for that after.’ 

Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine who’s up for re-election, played her usual role as a key swing vote, saying she’d allow witnesses to be called as well. 

Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Republican from Tennessee, said he might also vote to hear witnesses.  

‘I might not. Or I might,’ Alexandar said.  

‘My view is we should hear the case, ask our questions and then have a vote on whether we need to hear additional witnesses or call for additional documents,’ he added. ‘It’s important to have a vote on whether we have witnesses or not.’

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