Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, arrives at the Senate for a Republican lunch before work resumes in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, in Washington, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.
Photo: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
Photo: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Loeffler lashes out at ‘friend’ Mitt Romney over impeachment witnesses

Georgia U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler has called out colleague and “friend” Sen. Mitt Romney after he voiced support for calling witnesses during the impeachment trial.

Romney, of Utah, told reporters today it is “increasingly likely” that enough Republican senators would join with Democrats to to support calling former national security advisor John Bolton as a witnesses. 

“It’s important to be able to hear from John Bolton for us to be able to make an impartial judgment,” Romney said, according to Politico.

Loeffler and other Republicans are standing firm against calling Bolton or any other witnesses to testify, but she called out Romney for taking a different stand.

“Sadly, my colleague @SenatorRomney  wants to appease the left by calling witnesses who will slander the  @realDonaldTrump  during their 15 minutes of fame,” she wrote.

The GOP clash comes on the heels of a weekend New York Times report that Bolton has in his upcoming book details about a conversation with President Donald Trump about withholding military aid to the Ukraine.

Loeffler’s decision to single out Romney comes as she continues positioning herself as a Trump conservative. Romney is known as a moderate and has criticized the president in the past.

Loeffler and Romney were once close friends. She and her husband, Jeff Sprecher, supported Romney’s presidential ambitions.

The couple told Atlanta Magazine in 2013 that they met the then-candidate at a fundraiser and their families grew close.

“We got to know him and his wife, and have been to his house many times and they’ve been to our house,” Sprecher said. “Taking politics off the table, the Romneys are really lovely people, and well intended.”

Loeffler donated $763,414 to Romney’s 2012 campaign, and Sprecher gave another $850,083, according to a review of federal campaign finance records. Sprecher also wrote Romney a $2,300 check in 2007.

Romney has not responded publicly to Loeffler critique.

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Tia Mitchell
Tia Mitchell
Tia Mitchell is the AJC’s Washington correspondent.
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