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New Poll Finds Republicans Overwhelmingly Want Mitch McConnell to Call Witnesses in Trump Impeachment Trial

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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.

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.

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.

Stay tuned.