The conservative Club for Growth is going after Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyMilley discussed resigning from post after Trump photo-op: report Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Attorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury MORE (R-Utah) in a new television ad, accusing the first-term senator and former GOP presidential nominee of siding with Democrats in President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s impeachment proceedings.
“There’s Mitt Romney threatening to vote with Democrats again to trot out spotlight-seeking blowhards who will trash President Trump on the witness stand,” a narrator says in the 30-second spot, which is set to begin airing on Fox News on Thursday in Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C.
The ad also accuses Romney of ignoring alleged wrongdoing by former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE and his son Hunter. Trump and his allies have frequently brought up unsubstantiated allegations that Joe Biden pushed Ukraine to fire a prosecutor who had once investigated a firm that employed Hunter Biden as a board member.
The ad from Club for Growth, a conservative outside group that has long advocated for lower taxes, comes amid a battle in the Senate over whether to allow witness testimony in Trump’s ongoing impeachment trial.
Republican leaders in the chamber have sought to block such testimony, while Romney and another GOP member, Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsRepublicans prepare to punt on next COVID-19 relief bill Trump tweets spark fresh headache for Republicans Trump’s tweet on protester sparks GOP backlash MORE (Maine), have said they will consider voting to allow witnesses. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote GOP senator to try to reverse requirement that Pentagon remove Confederate names from bases No, ‘blue states’ do not bail out ‘red states’ MORE (R-Ky.) indicated on Tuesday that he did not yet have the votes to block witnesses.
The witness debate heated up this week after The New York Times reported that former White House national security adviser John BoltonJohn Bolton Lawyer says Bolton moving forward with book despite warning from White House White House tells Bolton his manuscript contains classified information The Hill’s Morning Report – Capitol Hill weighs action on racial justice as protests carry on MORE wrote in a forthcoming book that Trump had insisted the U.S. continue to withhold security aide from Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats and the Bidens.
The account undermines a central claim of Trump’s impeachment defense. His lawyers have argued that the aid freeze was not related to the president’s request for Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.
“Unfortunately, Mitt Romney continues to side with Democrats in their sham impeachment of President Trump, and voters deserve to know about his support of radical-liberals and their attempts to undo the results of the 2016 election and reverse the enormous economic gains achieved under Trump,” David McIntosh, the president of Club for Growth, said in a statement.
The Hill has reached out to Romney’s office for comment on the ad.
It’s not the first time Club for Growth has gone after Romney. An ad spot from the group last October accused Romney of plotting with Democrats to “take down” Trump with the impeachment process.