Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnells excuses to avoid a real impeachment trial with witnesses and documents collapse daily. The latest shoe to drop: Former National Security Adviser John Bolton released a statement Tuesday saying that if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify.
Bolton had been hiding behind a lawsuit filed by his NSC deputy Charles Kupperman asking a court to decide whether he should legally honor a House impeachment inquiry subpoena or a conflicting White House assertion of executive privilege. Refusing to allow impeachment to drag through the courts for months, House Democrats withdrew their subpoena, allowing Federal Judge Richard Leon last week to declare Kuppermans case moot.
There is now no reason why the U.S. Senate can rightly avoid hearing from a willing witness with extensive, first-hand knowledge of allegedly impeachable acts by President Trump. According to testimony already given in the House, Bolton instructed his former subordinates to tell the NSC legal counsel that he wanted no part of the Rudy Giuliani-Gordon Sondland drug deal to hold back desperately needed congressionally authorized military aid until Ukraine announced investigations into Joe Biden and the hacked 2016 DNC server.
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