NATIONWIDE – Tuesday was the final day President Trump’s legal team made arguments to the Senate, and among the lawmakers listening were Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King.
Collins is in a particularly interesting spot, as her decisions moving forward could greatly affect how the impeachment trial unfolds.
“I think the pressure that’s being applied to multiple senators from a variety of places is probably extraordinary,” said Husson University Associate Professor of History Dr. David Haus.
As it stands, the Senate needs all democrats, the two independents and at least four republicans to force the call of witnesses in the impeachment trial. One of those witnesses could be the President’s former National Security Advisor John Bolton.
It’s something Senator Angus King is on board with.
“I’ve been saying for a month we need to hear from John Bolton because he’s the one that has direct knowledge of what the President intended when he did this cut off of aid to Ukraine,” said King.
In his new book Bolton claims Trump told him withholding Ukraine aid was linked to investigating Joe Biden.
“If we don’t hear from him, if we don’t call any witnesses, this impeachment will go down in history with an asterisk next to it that’ll say ‘not real trial’,” said King.
Senior Maine Senator Susan Collins will play a large role in this, as she could be one of four republicans who force the calling of witnesses.
“She has a long reputation of being quite reflective,” said Haus. “We saw her taking lots of notes throughout this entire proceeding.”
King says he’s not positive if four republicans will go against the party but the possibility is there.
“There’s a guy standing in the front row with his hand up saying I‘m ready to testify,” said King. “The big question will be if in a couple of days my republican colleagues will vote to call John Bolton“
A Senate vote to call witnesses will happen later this week.