John Bolton, former Trump national security adviser, announced today that he is “prepared to testify” if subpoenaed to appear at the impeachment trial in the Senate. The trial is currently being stalled by Democrats after multiple Senate leaders declared their public refusal to conduct it in a fair and serious manner.
I have posted a brief statement regarding testimony on the Ukraine impeachment matter before the Senate at: https://t.co/Q3TwI2BzBp— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) January 6, 2020
Figures like Bolton defied subpoenas during the impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives, with some being ordered by the White House not to comply. This was never going to save Donald Trump from impeachment, but Bolton’s testimony, along with others in the Senate, could at least have an impact on public perception during an election year.
Some, however, are calling this an “empty promise” on Bolton’s part, pointing out that four Republican senators would have to call Bolton to the floor for him to be able to testify at all.
Considering how resistant Republican leadership has been to the idea of calling any witnesses at all for the trial and how rare it has become for any congress members to fall out of line, it seems unlikely that Bolton will testify anyway.
John Bolton saying he’s willing to testify if the Senate subpoenas him is like me saying I’ll accept the Papacy if the College of Cardinals should see fit to elect me.— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 6, 2020
I can think of no legal grounds for @AmbJohnBolton to say he’d testify if (GOP controlled) Senate issues him a subpoena — but not testify when (Dem. controlled) House would.— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) January 6, 2020
Nor are there legitimate grounds for this show of disrespect to the American people who want answers. https://t.co/VI91kAhSOX
Some are calling for him to go back to the House to testify, where Democrats would be happy to hold a hearing so that he could publicly make his statements on the record.
Testify for the house or can it, mustache https://t.co/zpqCSzJOWF— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) January 6, 2020
This is progress towards the full truth, but:— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) January 6, 2020
(1) If Bolton has something important to say, and he plainly does, then he can say it with or without a subpoena;
(2) Would Bolton also be willing to testify in the House? I'm sure they'd send a subpoena. https://t.co/1POjm3lkbf
And still, others believe this is a fully self-serving move on Bolton’s part and have serious doubts that it has anything to do with right and wrong.
John Bolton should testify in the Senate trial, but we need to step back and look at the bigger picture. He is trying to sell a book and he may get the war that he has always wanted. The timing of all this is suspicious and blindly trusting Bolton to do the right thing is unwise.— Ryan Knight 🏳️🌈🗽 (@ProudResister) January 6, 2020
Oh you think John Bolton is finally gonna publicly turn on Trump after Trump started his dream war with Iran? That's adorable!— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) January 6, 2020
Nancy Pelosi has not yet announced when the House will release the articles of impeachment to the Senate, which is required for the trial to begin. Congress is just coming back from a break that began just after the House impeachment concluded