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Trumps Legal Team Doesnt Think John Bolton Should Testify in Impeachment Trial

President Donald Trumps legal team said they dont think John Bolton, the former national security adviser, should testify during the Senate impeachment trial.

“The fact is that its not the job of the Senate to start doing an investigation now that the House didnt pursue. And the House never even attempted to subpoena John Bolton. So we dont think that theres a basis for the Senate going to get testimony at this point,” a source on the legal team told reporters in a phone call on Jan. 28.

“The job of the House is to do a proper investigation in something that is this serious before going to the Senate. And we dont think that its the proper role of the Senate to start opening things up, to be addressing new developments on the fly in the middle of a trial.”

The legal team isnt concerned about information Bolton would bring forward because they know Trump hasnt done anything wrong, the source said.

A source on the team highlighted that there were 17 witnesses called during the House impeachment inquiry and how House Democrats subpoenaed Charles Kupperman, a former deputy to Bolton. When Kupperman filed a lawsuit asking a judge whether he should obey the subpoena or the White House, which requested that he not testify, House Democrats withdrew the subpoena.

“So they were not attempting to really pursue these witnesses before. Its not the time now to have the Senate go at it,” the source said.

Trumps legal team also said that House impeachment managers have said they had a strong case with overwhelming evidence and questioned why additional witnesses would be needed if that was true.

White House counsel Pat Cipollone speaks
White House counsel Pat Cipollone speaks
White House counsel Pat Cipollone speaks during impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 25, 2020. (Senate Television via Getty Images)

No one on the legal team has seen Boltons manuscript, which was submitted to the National Security Council for pre-publication review before details were leaked to the press. A source on the team declined to say whether Trump or his team were briefed on the manuscript.

Calls for Bolton to testify intensified this week after details of his upcoming book, which is slated for a March release, leaked to media outlets. None of the reports quoted any passages from the book.

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