Schiff Doesn’t Plan On Making John Bolton Testify Ahead Of Senate Impeachment Trial

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence Committee, speaks at a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on October 08, 2019. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
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January 10, 2020 8:03 a.m.

House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) said on Thursday that he doesn’t plan on issuing a subpoena for former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s testimony.

“We haven’t taken anything off the table,” Schiff told CNN. “But if we are proceeding in a rationale way where we are trying to be fair to the President and fair to the American people, he should testify before the triers of fact, which are the senators.”

“There’s little to be gained by having him testify separately and then have the Senate get the stale records,” he continued. “If we’re doing this rationally and we’re trying to achieve a fair trial, he should testify before the Senate.”

After refusing to show up for his scheduled hearing in the House’s impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump, Bolton announced on Monday that he’d comply with a potential subpoena in the Senate impeachment trial.

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) signaled that he won’t have Bolton testify, and other GOP senators don’t seem eager to hear from the former national security adviser either.

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