Monday, July 6, 2020

John Bolton Will Testify In Trumps Impeachment Trial If Subpoenaed By Senate

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Former national security advisor John Bolton said in a statement Monday that he is willing to testify in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial if he is subpoenaed by the Senate.

Democrats are grappling with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., over the rules for Trump’s eventual Senate trial, which will determine whether he is convicted on the House-passed articles of impeachment and removed from office.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., wants McConnell to approve four witnesses in advance — including Bolton — but McConnell has rejected Schumer’s demand, saying instead that he wants the trial to closely resemble former President Bill Clinton’s.

Bolton, rather than formally agree or decline to participate in the House impeachment process, opted instead to make his decision based on the outcome of a related court case. That case, which involved his former colleague Charles Kupperman, was found to be moot by a federal judge in late December.

“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,” Bolton wrote in a statement posted to his political action committee’s website.


“I have concluded that, if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify,” Bolton said.

Neither the White House nor McConnell’s office immediately responded to CNBC’s questions or requests for comment on Bolton’s statement.

Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate, and none of them have yet said they supported Trump’s impeachment, let alone his removal from office.

Subpoenas in the Senate would need a “simple” 51-vote majority to pass.

Bolton, who has a well-known reputation for his super-hawkish foreign policy views, left the White House in September amid a slew of disagreements with Trump — including whether he quit or was fired.

But Bolton has applauded Trump’s surprise decision to authorize the airstrike that killed top Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani.

He called the killing a “decisive blow” against Soleimani’s Quds Force, a unit of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards. “Hope this is the first step to regime change in Tehran.”

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Teodora Torrendohttps://www.ccdiscovery.com
Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.

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