Ex-Trump aide Bolton ready to testify in impeachment trial

Ex-Trump aide Bolton ready to testify in impeachment trial

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.

"If Nancy Pelosi doesn't want to send the articles to the Senate, we should dismiss the articles of impeachment and get back to work on all the things that aren't getting done, like securing the border, passing No Budget, No Pay and lowering the cost of prescription drugs".

"If the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify", Bolton said in a prepared statement.

The Republican majority in the Senate has proposed several different solutions to the current stalemate over an impeachment trial.

The GOP senators hold the key to whether Bolton will offer his much-anticipated testimony, since 51 senators can vote to subpoena witnesses in an impeachment trial, meaning that the 47 Senate Democrats would need to pick up four GOP defectors.

The Republican figure has varied between 41 percent and 42 percent since 2016, when President Donald Trump was elected.

In the meantime, Gardner has supported numerous President's priorities, including votes for Trump's health care proposal, tax plans, and conservative judges. In comparison to its Democrat rival 'ActBlue,' WinRed' raised more money in its first quarter than 'ActBlue' in its first three and a half years of operation. For that to happen, a two-thirds majority of the chamber would need to vote to get rid of him. The Kentucky Republican said witnesses and documents should be a question that senators consider later. There is every chance the Senate will not actually ask Mr Bolton to testify.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, an ally of the President, echoed that sentiment, saying, "I'm ready to go".

Since the House passed impeachment articles, one for abuse of power and one for obstruction of Congress, Democratic and Republican senators have sparred over what the impending impeachment trial will look like.

Senator Susan Collins, a moderate, expressed possible openness to hearing from Bolton, but indicated she agreed with McConnell that a decision should wait until after a trial's opening statements.

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN he would not vote for a subpoena of Bolton because it was the House of Representatives' job to get his testimony. Lindsey Graham said he wants to change the Senate rules to kick start a trial if Pelosi does not send the articles of impeachment.

The earliest the House could take any action would be on Tuesday when it reconvenes, but top Democrats have given no sign they are set to move this week.

The Democratic-led House has charged Trump with abusing his power for personal gain by asking Ukraine to announce a corruption investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to face Trump in November's presidential election.

Graham further accused Pelosi of pulling off a "political stunt" through withholding the articles of impeachment passed by House Democrats days before Christmas. "I think it would set a very bad precedent if the Senate made it a common practice to try and to improve upon defective articles of impeachment".

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