Mitt Romney Interview Transcript on Calling John Bolton to Testify - transcription powered by Happy Scribe

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Once our final vote, but I can't begin to tell you how that would be resolved, I would. As indicated, I see myself as a senator juror in that capacity. I will maintain impartiality to the extent I can. Senator, have you spoken to any of your Republican colleagues? Do you get the sense that one of them will be onboard with voting for witnesses? Four of you need to say yes. Do you think, therefore. I think it's increasingly likely that other Republicans will will join those of us who think we should hear from John Bolton and whether there are other witnesses and documents.

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Well, that's another matter. But I think John Bolton's relevance to our decision has been come has become increasingly clear.

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Do you think it matters? Do you think your colleagues have indicated that to you?

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I'm not going to speak for any other Republican senators, but they have had conversations. I have spoken with others who've opined upon this as well.

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Do you do do the manuscript should be turned over to the Senate? Here's why. I'm just speaking now with regards to the first thing we've heard about next. John Bolton and Bolton.

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There is no manuscript, no documents to the Bolton manuscript that he wrote.

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Should that be torn about this? You know, I haven't looked at that. I haven't heard about that. So I'm going to reserve judgment until the prosecution and defense are able to discuss that.

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How do you tell a White House who who at the White House may have known about the Miers did not ask Bobby? Yes. I have not spoken to anyone at the White House about the revelation from.

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Do you want us? Who at the White House may have known? I'm sure we're going to hear all about Mr. Bolton if he's given the opportunity to testify. We'll hear people talk about whereas information came from. Did he have notes and so forth. So that'll be discussed at great length into this report.

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Dick Kennen, the trial, the Senate trial, be fair without John Bolton testifying.

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I think it's important to be able to hear from John Bolton for us to be able to make an impartial judgment.

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What about what do you get called? You say that. Do you think executive privilege you have you talked to leadership about.

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Sorry. Merry Christmas. Good, thank you. I've said for some time that I hope to be able to hear from John Bolton. I think with a story that came out yesterday, it's increasingly apparent that it would be important to hear from John Bolton. I, of course, will make a final decision on witnesses after we've heard from not only the prosecution, but also the defense. But I think at this stage, it's pretty fair to say that John Bolton has a relevant testimony to provide to those of us who are sitting and impartial justice.

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Do you. Do you have questions about whether and who saw the manuscript in the White House and whether or not some of the defense team might have already seen some of the stuff that's been in this book? Well, I presumed that if John Bolton is given the opportunity to testify, that there'll be a lot of discussion about who knew what, where and so forth. But at this stage, it would be conjecture to try and comment on that.

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You do you that the president did try to tie aid to ask you for investigation or findings for you. Is that enough food to say that the president should be convicted for abuse of power? I can't begin to tell you how John Bolton's testimony would ultimately play on a final decision, but it's relevant and therefore, I'd like to hear it. And what impact that might have would be dependent upon all the facts associated with it. We'd hear from, obviously, prosecution and defense as to what was relevant and what was said and how that might influence our final vote.

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But I can't begin to tell you how that would be resolved. I would. As indicated, I see myself as a senator juror in that capacity. I will maintain impartiality to the extent I can.

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Senator, have you spoken to any of your Republican colleagues? Do you get the sense that more of them will be on board with voting for witnesses? Four of you need to say yes. Do you think, therefore. I think it's increasingly likely that other Republicans will will join those of us who think we should hear from John Bolton and whether there are other witnesses and documents. Well, that's another matter. But I think John Bolton's relevance to our decision has been come has become increasingly clear.

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Do you think it matters? Do you think your colleagues have indicated that to you?

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I'm not going to speak for any other Republican senators, but they have had conversations. I have spoken with others who've opined upon this as well.

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Do you do you think the manuscript will be turned over to the Senate as well?

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I'm just speaking now with regards to the first thing we've heard about that John Bolton and Bolton, that there is no manuscript or documents to the Bolton manuscript that he wrote that between him and the Senate.

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You know, I haven't looked at that. I haven't heard about that. So I'm going to reserve judgment until the prosecution and defense are able to discuss that.

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How do you hold the White House? Who who at the White House may have known about the bias? I asked by you. Petraeus had not spoken to anyone at the White House about the notes and the revelation from.

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Do you want to let the White House may know? I'm sure we're going to hear all about Mr. Bolton if he's given the opportunity to testify. We'll hear people talk about whereas information came from did he have notes and so forth. So that'll be discussed at great length considering this report.

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Dick, in the trial, the senator, I'll be fair without John Bolton testifying. I think it's important to be able to hear from John Bolton for us to be able to make an impartial judgment.

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What about what do Navigant calls you say that, do you think, executive privilege? Have you talked to leadership about.