A legitimate impeachment trail with witnesses and new evidence is what we need to have the best chance at securing a conviction and removal of Donald Trump from the White House and we took a good step forward to getting that today.
Former White House national security adviser John Bolton agreed, without notifying the White House, that he is fully willing and ready to testify in Trump’s impeachment trial if he receives a subpoena. Mere hours later, GOP Senator Mitt Romney became the first GOP Senator to respond to this critical development.
“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,” Romney said early this evening, according to multiple reporters on Capital Hill. Romney was quoted as saying he wants to hear from Bolton to find out “what he knows” about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.
Mitt Romney just told me “of course” he would like to hear from John Bolton. “I’d like to hear what he has to say.”
Asked if he‘d vote to subpoena Bolton, Romney stopped short and said he first would want to know what the process is. But added he would like to hear from Bolton.
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 6, 2020
GOP Senate Majority Slime Leader Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump are in serious trouble because allowing Bolton and other witnesses to testify in the trial, will give Democrats the room they need to build an even stronger case against Trump. Romney did the important thing of going first. We still don’t like Romney, but he does hate Trump and this absolutely damages the ongoing effort by McConnell to protect Trump from a legitimate impeachment trial.
Bolton issued a statement today about testifying which is crucial because he was present for during all the important moments before and after Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump asked for investigations into the Bidens.
“The House has concluded its Constitutional responsibility by adopting Articles of Impeachment related to the Ukraine matter. It now falls to the Senate to fulfill its Constitutional obligation to try impeachments, and it does not appear possible that a final judicial resolution of the still-unanswered Constitutional questions can be obtained before the Senate acts,” Bolton said in his statement.
“Accordingly, since my testimony is once again at issue, I have had to resolve the serious competing issues as best I could, based on careful consideration and study. I have concluded that, if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify.”