Ex-Trump aide Bolton ready to testify in impeachment trial


Bolton also noted that the constitutional issue of Trump's ability to block his testimony was not resolved in court before the House voted to impeach Trump on December 18.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who Pelosi accuses of working to protect the president, has said a trial can not begin until the charges are formally sent to the chamber, although another senior Republican called on Sunday for the rules to be changed if Pelosi does not act soon. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.) were non-committal about Bolton when asked by reporters, but seemed to side with McConnell in wanting to hear opening arguments before voting. In that case, witnesses gave closed-door depositions and some excerpts of those interviews were played on the Senate floor. "Those articles of impeachment are very thin".

"Fox is told from one Dem source that Pelosi may continue to hold up the articles of impeachment...until there is an agreement...potentially and specifically for Bolton to testify in the Senate", Pergram reported on Monday. And he said, no, that we shouldn't be doing that.

"And then, we took up the issue of witnesses", she added.

Trump told Rush Limbaugh on his radio show that the whole process is "sad for our country" and suggested that Pelosi doesn't want a trial. "They just hate Trump", Scott said in the release.

It's unlikely Congress will successfully check Trump's war authorities.

"If I were a Republican in the Senate, I would go about my business as if there had been no articles of impeachment".

Some Republican lawmakers have voiced objections to Trump's request to Zelenskiy for the investigation of former Vice President Biden, who leads national polls to oppose Trump in the November presidential election.

As a key advisor to Trump, Bolton was close to the president's relations with Ukraine. Republicans hold 53 seats in the Senate, so Hawley's proposal stands little chance unless majority Republicans take the "nuclear option" to bypass the rules and pass the measure with 51 votes.

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Lauren Gepford, the executive director the Missouri Democratic Party, said Republican senators have made it clear they won't serve as impartial jurors during a Senate trial.

Republicans control the majority in the Senate and are expected to permit Trump to retain his office.

Other Republicans downplayed the possibility of calling Bolton in the process. "Call me a skeptic that there's anything he would add", said Sen. Two of the moderate Republicans - Sens.

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives, has declined to send the articles of impeachment passed by the House to the Senate until the ground rules have been established for the trial.

"I don't know why we would" hear from Bolton, Hawley said, "but let's start the trial".

The House sought his testimony but ultimately never subpoenaed Bolton, and Democrats withdrew their subpoena for his former deputy after it was challenged in court, as Democrats wanted to move forward with their impeachment probe and not wait for the court's decision.

Bolton threw the Senate a curveball on Monday by saying he would testify in a Senate trial if subpoenaed.

The poll also found 40% of independents approved of Trump, compared to 16% of Democrats.