- So far, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has stated he does not want to summon witnesses in the court case.
- Bolton is one of the four people from the Trump administration that Democrats want to call in as witnesses.
- Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tweeted on Monday that Trump and McConnell “have run out of excuses."
John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser, says he is prepared to testify if the Senate summons him in their impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Democrats believe Bolton has direct information to support their allegations of abuse of power by the president. Trump dismissed John Bolton from the post of national security adviser last September. The US president said Bolton had made mistakes in his analyzes of North Korea.
So far, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has stated he does not want to summon witnesses in the court case, which is expected to take place later this month. “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,” Bolton said in a statement on Monday. “I have concluded that, if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify,” he added.
Bolton is one of the four people from the Trump administration that Democrats want to call in as witnesses. “It is now up to four Senate Republicans to support bringing in Mr. Bolton, and the other three witnesses, as well as the key documents we have requested to ensure all the evidence is presented at the onset of a Senate trial,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in a statement. “Given that Mr. Bolton’s lawyers have stated he has new relevant information to share if any Senate Republican opposes issuing subpoenas to the four witnesses and documents we have requested they would make absolutely clear they are participating in a cover up.”
In addition to Bolton, this includes the Chief of Staff of the White House Mick Mulvaney. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tweeted on Monday that Trump and McConnell “have run out of excuses.” She said “they must allow key witnesses to testify, and produce the documents Trump has blocked, so Americans can see the facts for themselves . . . The Senate cannot be complicit in the President’s cover-up.”
Trump is only the third president in US history to be impeached, on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Democrats want witnesses to testify in court proceedings. However, Republicans, who have a majority in the Senate, point out that there were no witnesses when Bill Clinton was impeached in 1999.
To remove Donald Trump from the US presidency, two-thirds of the Senate must vote in favor. That means at least 20 Republican senators must go against the president, which is an unlikely scenario. The Republicans have a majority in the US Senate, and they would likely defend one of their own, President Trump, a Republican president when push comes to shove.