House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Wednesday said former national security adviser John Bolton wouldnt submit a sworn affidavit amid the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump after the Senate voted to reject witnesses.
Schiff, speaking to MSNBC, said Democrats approached Boltons lawyers to see whether hed be willing to provide a written statement in the trial that would describe “what he observed in terms of the presidents Ukraine misconduct, but he refused.”
During the trial last month, The New York Times published a report that contained allegations from a manuscript of Boltons upcoming book. In it, the former ambassador reportedly claims that Trump told him he was linking military aid to Ukraine and politically advantageous investigations, which Trump and other senior White House officials have repeatedly denied. The alleged conduct was at the center of the first article of impeachment against Trump, abuse of power.
As a result, House impeachment managers made references to the NY Times report and attempted to pressure the Senate into calling witnesses, but last Friday, that push ultimately failed when the Senate voted down a resolution—setting up the presidents acquittal on Wednesday. House managers complained the trial was unfair and rigged in favor of Trump after their witness push was rejected.
In early January, Bolton said in a statement on his website he would be willing to testify during the Senates impeachment trial if he was handed a subpoena. It came after House Democrats attempted to call him to testify in the impeachment inquiry before withdrawing their subpoena, saying that it would lead to a lengthy court battle that would slow down their impeachment process.
Schiff told MSNBC on Wednesday: “For whatever reason, [Bolton] was willing to testify before the Senate but apart from that seems intent on saving it for his book. Hell have to answer for that.” He later said that there has been “no decision made” about whether Bolton would be given a new subpoena to testify.
Boltons lawyer did not issue a response when asked for comment.