House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) revealed his committee may subpoena former White House national security adviser John Bolton as the impeachment battle moves to the Senate.
“If theyre going to be the triers, and in fact they will be, they should hear from the witness directly. He has offered to come forward and testify,” he told “Face the Nation,” referring to the Senate and the impeachment trial. “There is no reason not to have [Bolton] come forward and testify unless you just want to cover up the presidents wrongdoing.”
CBS anchor Margaret Brennan asked him about a suggestion from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) about calling Bolton to testify in front of the House.
“Its certainly something that we are considering,” Schiff, considered the architect of the initial impeachment inquiry, remarked. “But look, Americans want to see a fair trial in the Senate. They want to see a trial thats fair to the president and they want to see a trial thats fair to the American people, that brings all the facts forward. Theres little sense in bringing Bolton into the House and not allowing the senators to see his testimony.”
Schiffs comments come days before the House is expected to transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate, which will set up a weeks-long trial that is widely expected to result in President Donald Trumps acquittal. The Senate needs a 67-vote supermajority to convict and remove a president, which has never been done before.
The trial, however, will again highlight Democratic claims that Trump misused his power by allegedly withholding millions of dollars in aid to Ukraine in exchange for politically advantageous investigations into a political rival. Trump and Ukrainian officials have denied the allegations.
On Friday, Pelosi wrote to Democrats that she will consult with her caucus to determine the next steps in impeachment after withholding the two articles of impeachment—abuse of power and obstruction of Congress—for several weeks following the Democrat-controlled Houses vote to approve them. No Republican in the House voted in favor of the articlesRead More – Source