John Bolton, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, indicated he will testify in the coming Senate impeachment trial if hes called as a witness.
“Since my testimony is once again at issue, I have had to resolve the serious competing issues as best I could, based on careful consideration and study. I have concluded that, if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify,” Bolton said in a statement on his website.
Bolton issued a statement after a court didnt rule on whether he would be compelled to testify in the Houses impeachment inquiry. He was never subpoenaed, and Democrats withdrew a subpoena for his former assistant, Charles Kupperman. Democrats explained that they wanted to move forward on impeachment and couldnt wait for court decisions to be rendered.
“My colleague, Dr. Charles Kupperman, faced with a House committee subpoena on the one hand, and a Presidential directive not to testify on the other, sought final resolution of this Constitutional conflict from the Federal judiciary. After my counsel informed the House committee that I too would seek judicial resolution of these Constitutional issues, the committee chose not to subpoena me. Nevertheless, I publicly resolved to be guided by the outcome of Dr. Kuppermans case,” Bolton, who left the White House in September 2019, said in his statement.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has publicly expressed resistance to calling in new witnesses during the Senate trial, although Democrats are pressing to hear from Bolton, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, and others.
Boltons statement comes as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is stalling the two articles of impeachment against Trump in an attempt to get the Senate to reveal how it will hold the trial. At the same time, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has proposed calling several witnesses, but McConnell has rejected Schumers terms.
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