John Bolton is Ready to Hop on the Impeachment Hoax Train
While we have no way of knowing what former National Security Adviser John Bolton might have to say about the Ukraine scandal that forms the basis of the Democrats’ impeachment hoax, we do now know that he’s willing to say it…if called by the Senate to do so. In a statement released this week, Bolton said that after careful consideration, he’s decided to abide by any subpoena that comes his way.
“During the present impeachment controversy, I have tried to meet my obligations both as a citizen and as former National Security Advisor. My colleague, Dr. Charles Kupperman, faced with a House committee subpoena on the one hand, and a Presidential directive not to testify on the other, sought final resolution of this Constitutional conflict from the Federal judiciary,” Bolton wrote on Monday. “After my counsel informed the House committee that I too would seek judicial resolution of these Constitutional issues, the committee chose not to subpoena me. Nevertheless, I publicly resolved to be guided by the outcome of Dr. Kupperman’s case.”
As it turned out, of course, the House withdrew the subpoena and the judge had no choice but to dismiss Kupperman’s lawsuit as moot. This left unresolved the issue of whether White House orders could trump a House subpoena. Nonetheless, Bolton said that he’d decided to testify.
“If the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify,” he said.
While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appears to have more than enough votes to move forward with an impeachment trial without conceding to Chuck Schumer’s demand for additional witnesses, Bolton’s statement does add some complexity to the mix.
“I would like to be able to hear from John Bolton. What the process is to make that happen, I don’t have an answer for you,” said Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) on Tuesday.
Neither Romney nor any of the other so-called “moderates” in the Republican Party, however, have said they necessarily want to call witnesses. Indeed, everyone on the record currently agrees with McConnell that the Senate should take up those questions after the impeachment trial has begun, in accordance with the precedent set by the Bill Clinton impeachment trial of 1999.
As for Bolton, his testimony would certainly give lawmakers the most inside-the-park view yet of the Ukraine scandal. As opposed to people like Fiona Hill and Alexander Vindman, Bolton was in close contact with Trump when the decision was made to put Ukraine military aid on hold. As such, he could be the one to definitively say whether there was – or was not – a quid pro quo of any kind. Whether or not the answer to that question even matters at this point…well, that’s another issue entirely.