John Bolton speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.
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John Bolton Says He’ll Testify In Trump Impeachment Trial If Subpoenaed

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.

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.

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.

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.

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