Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, said he expects more stories about Ukraine revelations to drop in the days ahead, but didn’t necessarily think it would move the conference as senators consider how they might vote on a motion for witnesses at trial.
“You’ve got to expect that there will be, there will be news stories, particularly ones that attempt to influence senators’ deliberations. I imagine we’ll get another one today, it’s just Tuesday, right? So we’re not voting, probably on the witness vote until Friday. I imagine we’re going to have more stories, I mean, about something or other,” he said.
Hawley said he didn’t have a read of where the conference is on the witness vote, but did reiterate that he’s drafted resolutions to call Vice President Joe Biden, Adam Schiff, the whistleblower and Hunter Biden if the witness vote is adopted.
“Where the conference is, if we had to vote today, I’m not sure. I don’t know. But I haven’t known throughout the proceedings. And that’s why I say that if we do call witnesses, then I think it’s important that we call a spectrum of witnesses. If we’re going to go out and rebuild the House’s record, that they plainly didn’t take the time to build, well, then we should do it thoroughly,” he said.
Remember: It takes 51 senators to pass a motion. If all 47 senators who caucus with the Democrats vote to have witnesses and documents, at least four Republicans need to join them in order to pass a motion.