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Politics John Bolton’s testimony looks increasingly likely, but it’s not a done deal

19:50  14 january  2020
19:50  14 january  2020 Source:   washingtonpost.com

Trump signals he will use executive privilege to block John Bolton testimony in Senate trial

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John Bolton had to go -- because he wanted to cancel President Donald Trump' s worldwide reality show. And US diplomacy is likely to reflect its principal author even more closely. John Garamendi welcomed Bolton ' s departure given his "radical" instincts but warned of instability to come.

But it ’ s very difficult to decide that until we go through the first two stages and look at all of the Where does the all-important fourth GOP vote come from? The likeliest sources would seem to be GOP Exactly how Trump would prevent Bolton ’ s testimony once a Senate trial begins is not clear.

The House is about to send President Trump’s impeachment over to the Senate, setting the stage for a high-profile showdown over just what kind of trial we’ll see. And perhaps the biggest looming question is: Will John Bolton testify?

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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Trump has replaced his thoughtful national security advisor with a belligerent TV pundit, says Guardian editor and writer David Shariatmadari.

On Monday, Bolton significantly heated up that debate by saying he would be willing to testify if Once it became clear that McConnell wouldn’t budge on witnesses, Pelosi demanded that “I think she’ s done a very, very good job and it ’ s helped our case,” Schumer said, predicting that Republicans

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) this week became the first to directly indicate he supports Trump’s former national security adviser testifying and would likely vote in favor of it. And despite declining to insist on Bolton’s testimony as part of the trial’s initial rules, two others appear amenable to voting for witnesses like Bolton during the trial. But that would still leave the vote deadlocked at 50-50, with one more GOP senator needed to put Bolton — and other witnesses Democrats desire, like acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney — on the stand.

In other words: It’s on a knife’s edge.

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Romney has previously indicated he wants to hear from Bolton, who resisted testifying to the House but says he would in a Senate trial. But now Romney has further clarified (with some wiggle room) he would likely vote in favor of it.

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Even if Bolton has some critical things generally to say about the Ukraine matter, if the White House can prevent him from revealing any direct communications with And it ’ s also safe-ish for them to call Hunter Biden as a concession to Trump, to “balance” Bolton ’ s testimony . There’s little downside to

As it happened, Mr. Bolton went on to serve as the United States ambassador to the United Nations, perhaps the most undiplomatic of diplomats. He shares the president’ s derisive opinion of the Iran nuclear deal and will presumably prod him to scrap it when a May deadline arrives.

“I presume I’ll be voting in favor of hearing from John Bolton, perhaps among others,” Romney said. “That could change depending on what happens in the ensuing days and during those arguments.”

The two other most likely crossover votes — Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) — have been even more coy. But they have been working behind the scenes to make sure there will be votes on witnesses.

Murkowski also says in a new interview with a local TV station that she is interested in Bolton’s version of events.

“Am I curious about what Ambassador Bolton would have to say? Yes, I am,” Murkowski said. But she was even less definitive than Romney, saying she didn’t want to “prejudge” the need for Bolton to testify.

Collins has also hinted at wanting people like Bolton to testify, without committing. She said earlier this month, “There are a number of witnesses that may well be appropriate for the Stage 3, of which he would certainly be one. But it’s very difficult to decide that until we go through the first two stages and look at all of the witnesses that each side would like to have if we get to that stage.” She added Friday that “we should be completely open to calling witnesses.”

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So at the least, it sounds like these three votes for Bolton testifying are very get-able. There is virtually no risk of any Democrats voting against Bolton testifying, given Sens. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) — the two Democrats in the reddest states — are firmly onboard.

So that leaves things at 50-50. But you need 51 votes if all 100 senators are voting. Where does the all-important fourth GOP vote come from?

The likeliest sources would seem to be GOP senators who are up for reelection and vulnerable. But Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) have begged off the questions. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) seems to be toeing the party line, suggesting the House should have fought for Bolton’s testimony if it wanted to hear it.

“It’s not that I don’t want to hear from him,” he said earlier this month. “I want to hear from him when the House is willing to do their work and have the same agreement with the ambassador on their side of the Hill.”

That echoes what the likes of Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and the Senate’s second-ranking Republican, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), have said. “I believe you should be constrained by the information that those articles are based on,” Rubio said in coming out early against Bolton’s testimony.

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John Robert Bolton (born November 20, 1948), an attorney and an American diplomat in several Republican administrations, served as the interim U. S . Permanent Representative to the United Nations with the title of ambassador from August 2005 until December 2006 on a recess appointment.

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From there, there are a couple retirees, Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), who would seem to have some latitude. Alexander told Politico he might vote for more witnesses “if I needed to. Or I might not. Or I might.”

“My view is we should hear the case, ask our questions and then have a vote on whether we need to hear additional witnesses or call for additional documents,” he said. “It’s important to have a vote on whether we have witnesses or not.”

For what it’s worth, though, the line from GOP leadership seems to have moved away from the idea that there won’t be a real trial or any witnesses and more toward a kind of tit-for-tat. Bolton won’t testify, they have indicated, without Republicans calling their own desired witnesses — possibly up to and including Joe and Hunter Biden. “I can’t imagine that scenario” where only Bolton testifies, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) told radio host Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday. The signal to Democrats seems to be: Be careful what you wish for.

Trump, for his part, has also signaled he would fight Bolton testifying — even as he claims to want to hear the testimony. On Friday, Trump indicated he would try to invoke executive privilege over Bolton and others testifying, telling Fox News “there are things that you can’t do from the standpoint of executive privilege.

“Especially a national security adviser,” Trump added. “You can’t have him explaining all of your statements about national security concerning Russia, China and North Korea — everything. You just can’t do that.”

Exactly how Trump would prevent Bolton’s testimony once a Senate trial begins is not clear. But he seems to be sending the signal to GOP senators that this isn’t something he desires. From there, it’s up to a handful of potentially brave souls to decide if they want to push for it anyway.

Pelosi: Republicans 'have run out of excuses' to block impeachment trial witnesses after Bolton offer to testify .
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi hailed news that former national security adviser John Bolton said he would testify during President Trump's impeachment trial by urging Republicans to allow witnesses at the Senate-run event. © Provided by Washington Examiner"The President & Sen. McConnell have run out of excuses," the California Democrat tweeted Monday. "They must allow key witnesses to testify, and produce the documents Trump has blocked, so Americans can see the facts for themselves." She added, "The Senate cannot be complicit in the President's cover-up." The President & Sen. McConnell have run out of excuses.

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