Report: John Bolton Will Testify At The Senate Trial If Subpoenaed
Former National Security Adviser John Bolton will testify during the Senate impeachment trial if the Republican-controlled chamber issues him a subpoena, according to a statement released on his political action committee website.
The issue of whether Bolton would provide testimony came up last year when House Democrats attempted to secure his testimony during their impeachment inquiry. Bolton opted to wait for the courts to decide the issue, after the White House issued a directive barring his cooperation.
Axios' Jonathan Swan noted that Bolton’s testimony would be of ultimate significance, given that he “was the most prolific note-taker at the top level of the White House and probably has more details than any impeachment inquiry witness, so far, about President Trump's machinations on Ukraine.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has indicated no interest in calling witnesses during the impeachment trial — Democrats have requested to hear testimony from four individuals — saying the investigative portion of the impeachment was concluded by the House.
However, Bolton’s stated readiness to testify will only intensify pressure on McConnell and other Republicans to allow him as a witness.
Read Bolton’s full statement:
During the present impeachment controversy, I have tried to meet my obligations both as a citizen and as former National Security Advisor. 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. Kupperman’s case.
But both the President and the House of Representatives opposed his effort on jurisdictional grounds, and each other on the merits. The House committee went so far as to withdraw its subpoena to Dr. Kupperman in a deliberate attempt to moot the case and deprive the court of jurisdiction. Judge Richard Leon, in a carefully reasoned opinion on December 30, held Dr. Kupperman’s case to be moot, and therefore did not reach the separation-of-powers issues.
The House has concluded its Constitutional responsibility by adopting Articles of Impeachment related to the Ukraine matter. It now falls to the Senate to fulfill its Constitutional obligation to try impeachments, and it does not appear possible that a final judicial resolution of the still-unanswered Constitutional questions can be obtained before the Senate acts.
Accordingly, 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.