Well, that’s interesting.

Courtesy of CBS News

The White House is preparing for some Republican senators to join Democrats in voting to call witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial, which could get underway in the coming days.

Senior White House officials tell CBS News they increasingly believe that at least four Republicans, and likely more, will vote to call witnesses. In addition to Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romney of Utah and possibly Cory Gardner of Colorado, the White House also views Rand Paul of Kentucky as a “wild card” and Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee as an “institutionalist” who might vote to call witnesses, as one official put it.

Last week, Collins said she was working with a “fairly small group” of GOP senators to allow new testimony, adding that her colleagues “should be completely open to calling witnesses.” Romney has expressed an interest in hearing from former national security adviser John Bolton, who has said he would testify under subpoena. Murkowski said last week that the Senate should proceed as it did during the 1999 Clinton impeachment trial.

I really don’t know at this time whether or not Mitch McConnell will allow this to happen, but since he needs the Republicans to vote as one to protect Trump he might have no choice. 

And there is really no guarantee that the witnesses called, especially John Bolton, will actually hurt Trump’s case. 

I would predict at this time that no matter how this plays out that Trump remains in office, and that means whatever terrible things he does next will be blamed solely on the Senate Republicans. 

That will be quite a legacy.