Former national security advisor John Bolton announced today that he would testify if the Senate sends him a subpoena for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

Bolton wrote in a statement:

The House has concluded its Constitutional responsibility by adopting Articles of Impeachment related to the Ukraine matter. It now falls to the Senate to fulfill its Constitutional obligation to try impeachments, and it does not appear possible that a final judicial resolution of the still-unanswered Constitutional questions can be obtained before the Senate acts.

Accordingly, since my testimony is once again at issue, I have had to resolve the serious competing issues as best I could, based on careful consideration and study. I have concluded that, if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify.

The House subpoenaed Bolton’s colleague Dr. Charles Kupperman, but Trump blocked him from testifying. Kupperman’s counsel Charles Cooper, who also represents Bolton, “sought final resolution of this Constitutional conflict from the Federal judiciary.”

The Democrats decided not to subpoena Bolton after his counsel told them he “would seek judicial resolution” as well.

The House eventually withdrew Kupperman’s subpoena instead of waiting for a resolution that may have come too late. Judge Richard Leon “held Dr. Kupperman’s case to be moot” in an opinion he released on December 30th.

Cooper informed the Democrats in November that Bolton “was personally involved in many of the events, meetings, and conversations” about Ukraine. Bolton also participated in “many relevant meetings and conversations that have not yet been discussed in the testimonies thus far.”

 

 
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