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Tags: chris christie | witnesses | gop | primary | senate | trial

Christie: Trump May Target GOP Sens Who Vote for Witnesses

chris christie holds the hand of a laughing president donald trump at the cabinet table
(Evan Vucci/AP)

Thursday, 30 January 2020 06:03 PM EST

Ex-GOP New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says President Donald Trump may target for primary challenges Republican senators who vote for additional witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial.

In an interview with ABC News, Christie said he could "definitely" see Trump at least encouraging challengers — if not seeking them out.

"You could very well see the president encouraging or creating primaries against senators that are up this year if they went and voted the other way," Christie said Thursday.

"I could definitely see him at least attempting to do that," he continued.

Some moderate Republican senators like Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, have signaled they be open to calling new witnesses to testify, including former National Security Adviser John Bolton.

And Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., argue Trump will not get a fair trial without witnesses.

She tweeted Thursday:

"You cannot be acquitted if you don't have a trial. You don't have a trial if you don't have witnesses and documentation. If Republican Senators choose a cover-up, the American people and history will judge it with the harshness it deserves."

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President Donald Trump may target for primary challenges Republican senators who vote for additional witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial, according to ex-GOP New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
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Thursday, 30 January 2020 06:03 PM
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