Former national security adviser John Bolton, who has shown a willingness to testify during President Donald Trumps impeachment trial, will likely be issued a subpoena to speak in front of the House, said House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday, coming just hours before the Senate will vote to likely acquit the president.
“I think its likely, yes,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) told reporters after he was asked about whether Bolton would be compelled to testify. “We want to call Bolton.”
Nadler is one of the impeachment managers in the Senate trial, and his committee drafted both articles of impeachment against Trump. He explained that Democrats are planning to continue their investigations into the White House and its dealings with Ukraine.
“You have to protect the Constitution, whatever the political consequences,” Nadler told reporters, adding, “As more and more lawlessness comes out, I presume the public will understand that.”
Other impeachment managers, including Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), who serves as the Democratic caucus chairman in the House, said a Bolton subpoena has not been decided upon yet. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) would make the final decision on whether Bolton would be called.
Bolton became a central impeachment figure after the New York Times last month reported on details in the forthcoming book from the former Trump adviser, titled “The Room Where It Happened.” Bolton, in his book, alleged that Trump told him that a hold on military aid to Ukraine was directly linked to politically advantageous investigations—which Trump and other senior White House officials have denied.
As the new allegations emerged in the NY Times on Jan. 26, Trumps legal defense team was about to present more arguments on the Senate floor to support the presidents acquittal. Days before that, Bolton issued a statement saying he would be willing to testify during the impeachment trial but didnt get his wish fulfilled after the Senate last week voted down a resolution to call witnesses.
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