The House of Representatives could have called former National Security Adviser John Bolton to testify during its impeachment inquiry but did not, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said Monday after details of Boltons upcoming book leaked.
The House didnt do its job and its not the Senates job to investigate, Ernst said during an appearance on the “Hugh Hewitt Show.”
“I have said time and time again, regardless of who the witness is, what the situation was, we need to get through phase one first,” Ernst said ahead of day two of arguments from President Donald Trumps team, following three days of arguments from House impeachment managers.
The House “had every opportunity to subpoena these witnesses. They could have taken the time to go through the court system. They chose not to do that,” Ernst added.
“They want us to do the investigative work. And thats not the job of the Senate. It is the job of the House to put together a solid record to send to the Senate for a review. They obviously did not do that, but well, again, determine, after weve gone through the next several days what that next step will be, will we bring in witnesses or not.”
Ernst focused on Bolton, saying he worked very closely with Trump.
“Why did they choose not to bring him in, have him interviewed? Why did they make that choice in the House? Whether the book is out there or not, they could have asked these same questions. So, that would be my argument, is that they had the opportunity to bring him in, they chose not to do it. Now, why did they choose not to do it? They will have to explain that,” she said.
After details of Boltons book leaked on Sunday night, Democrats renewed calls for Bolton to be subpoenaed by the Senate to testify in the impeachment trial against Trump.