In the current political landscape of the United States, you'd be hard-pressed to find any issue that Americans on which both sides of the ideological spectrum agree.
But it turns out that even on an issue as divisive as the impeachment of President Donald Trump, Republicans and Democrats agree on something.
A SurveyUSA poll of nearly 5000 voters indicates that a whopping 71 percent of Republicans agree with 93 percent of Democrats that new witnesses should testify in the Senate's impeachment trial.
WOW: A new poll shows that even 71% of Republicans believe that witnesses should testify during the… https://t.co/RDR3ggTJgH— Democratic Coalition (@Democratic Coalition)1579638693.0
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has gone to lengths to quash House Democrats' efforts to ensure the Senate testimony of former National Security Advisor John Bolton and others barred by the White House from testifying in the House's impeachment inquiry.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has issued amendments to a resolution from McConnell that would allow the Senate to subpoena witnesses as well as documents from the White House and State Department. Only four Republican votes are needed to pass the amendments.
While some of the Republican respondents certainly want witnesses because they believe additional testimony would exculpate Trump or implicate Democrats, at least some Republicans think calling additional witnesses is the least senators can do to ensure a fair trial.
@GOPLeader I’m a Republican registered in PA. I vote for witnesses and documents! If what Fox News and OAN assert i… https://t.co/NrrQ5QyAQK— Andrew Schenkel (@Andrew Schenkel)1579385479.0
@senatemajldr I gotta say I support Trump. This however is not right. Witnesses with first hand factual evidence sh… https://t.co/jTHyP8vFix— ShayneBarbosa1 (@ShayneBarbosa1)1578963602.0
I’m a Republican that wants to hear witnesses. I wanted to see Bill Clinton testify and he did. I want to see Trump… https://t.co/6nPYsD81E4— Rhonda (@Rhonda)1579633823.0
@CarpeDonktum I don’t get it tbh, I support trump but think witnesses at a trial is a pretty basic request, explain why it’s not.— Mr Bond 🧢🇺🇸 (@Mr Bond 🧢🇺🇸)1579616025.0
I'm curious...if POTUS did no wrong, then why not avoid this political theater and allow docs and witnesses? If the… https://t.co/RADaSd5Te9— Ken (@Ken)1579642012.0
@SenMcSallyAZ You shouldn’t be a senator. I’m a Republican. Answer the questions. Bring the witnesses. If Trump is innocent show me.— L Hudd (@L Hudd)1579200161.0
@burgessev I’m a Trump supporter and am for witnesses. Let’s get all this shit out. Personally I don’t think the dems have a case. 🤷🏻♂️— Michael Perry (@Michael Perry)1579105818.0
After hours of debate, Senators voted on party lines to table Schumer's amendment to subpoena documents from the White House. Impeachment managers and Trump's defense team will now argue whether or not to subpoena documents from the State Department.