Ron johnson speaks to NBC (screen grab)
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Wednesday briefly became the fourth Republican senator to say that former National Security Adviser John Bolton should testify -- and then he changed his mind.
Democrats would need four Republican senators to vote with them in order to hear Bolton's testimony. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) are all on record wanting to hear Bolton's testimony.
And on Tuesday, Johnson suggested to reporter Adam Klasfeld that he was ready to hear Bolton's testimony. But the senator quickly walked back his remarks.
This would be a major breakthrough. Adding him to Romney and Collins, only one more Republican vote needed. https://t.co/wsWPdU2xTi— Anthony Zurcher (@Anthony Zurcher) 1580232908.0
Regret the error: Johnson’s initial, emphatic remarks about wanting to hear Amb. Bolton suggested a call for testim… https://t.co/nC4fJonuV4— Adam Klasfeld (@Adam Klasfeld) 1580233370.0
To sum up, Senator Johnson emphatically, even passionately, wants to hear Bolton’s side of the story—just not throu… https://t.co/aLoynBjhaq— Adam Klasfeld (@Adam Klasfeld) 1580233520.0
Sen. Ron Johnson: “I believe John Bolton will tell the truth.”— John McCormack (@John McCormack) 1580232645.0