When the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump began, many eyes turned towards John Bolton. The former National Security Adviser had served in that position during the time in which Trump had his fated phone call with Volodmyr Zelensky.
During the inquiry in congress, Bolton ignored a request to be deposed before the House on Novemeber 7th. On Monday morning, though, the former Security Adviser said that he would be willing to testify at a Senate hearing as long as he was subpoenaed first.
Today, Bolton delivered a statement that read, “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.”
The missive continued, “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.”
Of course, the trial is now in the hands of Republicans. There is no guarantee that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would call Bolton if he felt it could be damaging to Trump.
Following Bolton’s statement Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Republicans must call Bolton. “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,” said the New York lawmaker.