Trump loyalist Ron Johnson shouts ‘blame you’ at Mitt Romney in angry confrontation on floor of Senate for voting for witnesses – then complains it is ‘grotesque’ that it was noticed by reporters
- Trump loyalist Sen. Ron Johnson shouted ‘blame you’ at Sen. Mitt Romney Saturday after the vote on witnesses for President Donald Trump’s Senate trial
- Romney voted alongside four other Republicans to allow witnesses after Rep. Jamie Raskin, the head impeachment manager, made a surprise request
- Raskin was responding to new reporting about a call during the January 6 insurrection between Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
- Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler shared details about the call that indicated Trump had refused to call off the MAGA mob
- Raskin and the Democrats wanted Herrera Buetler’s testimony and notes, but settled for reading a statement she made about the call into the record
- Johnson was seen on the Senate floor yelling and pointing at Romney by reporters, who then asked him about it
- ‘That’s grotesque you guys are recording it,’ Johnson told a gaggle of reporters, despite the altercation happening publicly, on the Senate floor
Trump loyalist Sen. Ron Johnson shouted ‘blame you’ at Sen. Mitt Romney Saturday on the Senate floor and then called it ‘grotesque’ that reporters documented it.
Reporters in the Senate chamber observed that Johnson was visibly upset at Romney, even pointing at him, after Romney, along with four other GOP senators, agreed to allow witnesses to be called in former President Donald Trump‘s impeachment trial.
Head impeachment manager, Rep. Jamie Raskin, made the surprise request Saturday morning after new details came out about a call between Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, which seemed to indicate that the president refused to call off the MAGA mob on January 6.
Sen. Ron Johnson, a top Trump ally, went after Sen. Mitt Romney Saturday morning, after Romney voted in favor of having witnesses at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial
Sen. Mitt Romney, who had also voted in favor of one article of impeachment against Trump last year, voted along with four GOP senators to have witnesses at the trial
The House Democratic impeachment managers are trying to prove that Trump incited the insurrection.
Raskin requested testimony and notes from Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who spoke publicly about the Trump-McCarthy call.
Democrats settled on having her statement read into the record, concluding several hours of uncertainty on when the trial might end.
Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, told reporters Friday, ‘I think the president’s lawyers blew the House manager case out of the water.’
And grumbled about Democrats prolonging the process Saturday.
‘Why does it have to be inserted in this trial, at this moment, when we’re about ready to close this out?’ the top Trump ally said.
Romney, who had broken with Republicans during Trump’s first impeachment trial voting in favor of one of the two articles, indicated Saturday morning he would vote in favor of witnesses if either side wanted them.
As Romney made that vote, reporters observed Johnson going after him.
Journalists aren’t allowed to bring their cell phones into the Senate chamber, so no video of the confrontation existed.
But to cut down on the number of reporters in the Senate chamber, journalists are using a ‘pool’ system – essentially a small number of reporters are sending color from the chamber to everyone else.
With scribes quickly hearing of the dust-up, Johnson was soon asked about it.
‘Those are private, those are private conversations,’ Johnson said.
A reporter replied that the senator’s comments had been made in public.
‘That’s grotesque you guys are recording it,’ Johnson said.
Later Johnson told Fox News that he wasn’t upset with Romney he was ‘upset at the vote.’