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Former White House national security adviser John Bolton, unceremoniously tossed overboard just a few short months ago by Donald Trump, may now be in a position to exact his revenge.
Bolton announced Monday that he would be willing to testify under subpoena at Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. Bolton, of course, famously described Trump’s hold-up of military aid to Ukraine in exchange for an announcement from the Ukrainian leader of an investigation into American Democrat Joe Biden as a “drug deal,” and wisely wanted no part of it.
Of course, the catch is that Bolton said he would testify by subpoena. Given that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has already declared that he is actively working with the White House on the impeachment trial, he certainly isn’t interested by himself in issuing such a subpoena.
However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is holding the articles of impeachment until such time as McConnell can guarantee a fair trial.
Moreover, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) took to the Senate floor to seek subpoenas for Bolton and other key witnesses. Schumer is right to say that anything less would be a cover-up.
“To Senate Republicans,
Make no mistake: There will be votes on whether to subpoena the documents we’ve identified and to call the four witnesses we’ve proposed: Mulvaney, Bolton, Duffey, and Blair.
Will you support a fair trial, or a Senate-sponsored cover-up? pic.twitter.com/uO2ZC6Ha42
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 7, 2020
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has already expressed her discomfort with McConnell’s cozy approach with Trump.
If Murkowski can lead a few more wayward Republican senators with her, particularly those who are vulnerable for reelection this year, there may be no choice but to issue the needed subpoenas.
And maybe we can get the answers and fair justice that the American people deserve.
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