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Politics Trump says he'd like Bolton, Pompeo to testify but will leave witnesses up to Senate

15:31  22 january  2020
15:31  22 january  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Trump said he would “love” for his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to testify , during Trump said Wednesday that he doesn’t favor his former National Security Advisor John Bolton testifying . “ He knows other things and I don’t know if we left on the best of terms.

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DAVOS, Switzerland — President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he would like to see former National Security Adviser John Bolton and other top officials testify at his Senate impeachment trial, but suggested he would block their testimony.

Trump said he'd also like to see testimony from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, and former Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who he said has been asking to testify in the impeachment proceedings. But Trump then argued that he could assert executive privilege to try to block the witnesses if called, saying it could be a national security risk if they shared private conversation they had with the president.

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Trump , speaking at a news conference , said it was up to the Senate to decide how to handle the trial, but that he would like to have former national security adviser John Bolton and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testify . "The problem with John ( Bolton ) is that it's a national security problem

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"I would rather go the long way. I would rather interview Bolton. I would rather interview a lot of people. The problem with John is, that it's a national security problem," the president said during an impromptu press conference in Davos, Switzerland, before departing the annual gathering of business executives, financiers and foreign dignitaries.

Bolton "knows some of my thoughts, what I think about leaders, what happens if he reveals what I think about a leader and it's not very positive," he said.

Bolton has said he would be willing to testify, but the Senate hasn't voted yet on whether it will call witnesses after both sides have presented their cases. Trump said he would leave it up to the Senate to decide whether they will call witnesses.

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I' D LIKE TO HAVE MIKE POMPEO TESTIFY . BUT THAT'S A NATIONAL SECURITY PROBLEM. He understands IT better than most. And rick perry would love to testify . Trump Calls Nadler a 'Sleazebag,' Says Bolton as Witness Is National Security Problem.

But John Bolton , Mick Mulvaney and Mike Pompeo would be better witnesses . The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress charges may ►You stated at a news conference in October that the military aid was “absolutely” held up to get Ukraine to

"I'll leave that to the Senate, the Senate is going to have to answer that," Trump said.

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Trump said he had some reservations about Bolton's testimony other than the national security risk because of the circumstances of Bolton's departure from the White House. Trump said in September he fired Bolton after a string of disagreements, announcing the move on Twitter.

Trump has tried to avoid the impeachment fray while here, seeking the appearance of a president hard at work on the world stage.

But the president has been getting regular updates from staffers on the developments back home and watched the proceedings Tuesday from his hotel, said a White House official.

Trump departs Davos Wednesday after less than 36 hours on the ground here. He held meetings with business executives and foreign leaders, including meetings on Wednesday with the president of Kurdistan and the president of Iraq.

He will be touching down in Washington just hours after Democrats have begun their formal oral arguments.

Trump said he would love to attend his own impeachment, but that he didn't think his lawyers would allow that.

"I'd love to go, wouldn't that be great?" Trump said. "I'd love to sit in the front row and stare in their corrupt faces."

John Bolton's missing link .
Former national security adviser John Bolton could be the firsthand witness the Democrats need, according to the New York Times. This qualifier makes Bolton’s testimony relevant to the Senate’s impeachment trial. But in terms of impact, this changes very little. The New York Times alleges that in Bolton’s new memoir, he says Trump directly tied the Ukrainian military aid freeze to an impending investigation into the Bidens. If this is true, Bolton could be the missing link between the two established facts in the case against Trump.

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