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Politics Mitt Romney wants John Bolton to testify at impeachment trial

01:30  07 january  2020
01:30  07 january  2020 Source:   politico.com

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US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer wrote that he wanted White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, former national security adviser John Bolton and other officials to testify in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, he said in a letter released on Sunday.

WASHINGTON — John R. Bolton , the former White House national security adviser, said on Monday that he was willing to testify at President Trump’s impeachment trial if he was The Democratic-led House impeached Mr. Trump last month on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress

Sen. Mitt Romney said Monday that he wants to hear from John Bolton after the former national security adviser offered to testify in the Senate’s impeachment trial.

Mitt Romney wearing a suit and tie: Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah.© J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah.

“Of course,” said the Utah Republican when asked if he wants Bolton to testify. “He has firsthand information and, assuming that articles of impeachment reach the Senate, I’d like to hear what he has to say.”

Romney, however, stopped short of supporting Democratic demands to decide on bringing in Bolton and other witnesses at the start of the trial as opposed to during the trial after opening arguments are delivered.

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Former National Security Adviser John Bolton says he's willing to testify in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump if the Senate subpoenas him.

If called to testify in the Senate, Bolton would be the highest-ranking White House official to appear in impeachment proceedings. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, has also indicated he does not want to call new witnesses in the trial .

“I don’t know what the process will be like, but time will tell,” Romney said. “What’s important is that we hear from him.”

Bolton surprised lawmakers on Monday when he said he would testify if subpoenaed during the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump — a win for Senate Democrats, who want to hear from him and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, among others. Democrats also want to subpoena documents related to the Ukraine scandal.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) remain at an impasse over the terms of the Senate impeachment trial. McConnell and Republicans have said they want to hear from House impeachment managers and the president’s defense, before even deciding whether to bring in witnesses. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she will not send the articles of impeachment over until she knows the terms of the trial.

Senate Democrats need four Republicans to join their demands for witnesses and documents, and Romney is viewed as a key potential vote. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who Democrats view as another potential vote on their demands for the trial, reiterated Monday that the Senate should wait until hearing from both sides before deciding on witnesses to bring in and didn’t directly say whether she wanted to hear from Bolton.

“I believe that the Senate should follow the precedent that was established in the trial of President Clinton,” Collins said. “I think that we will decide at that stage who we need to hear from.”

Andrew Desiderio contributed to this report.

John Bolton’s testimony looks increasingly likely, but it’s not a done deal .
Parsing the public comments of key lawmakers.That question is starting to come into focus. The idea that the Senate will quickly dismiss the impeachment articles and move on, as Trump has suggested, apparently isn’t going to happen — that means we can now turn to other matters like Bolton.

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