Trump impeachment: John Bolton says he will testify in Senate trial if subpoenaed – live

By Joan E Greve in Washington


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Chuck Schumer is out with a statement about John Bolton’s willingness to testify in the impeachment trial if subpoenaed by the Senate, heralding what he calls “momentum for uncovering the truth in a Senate trial” and adding:

Given that Mr Bolton’s lawyers have stated he has new relevant information to share, if any Senate Republicans oppose issuing subpoenas to the four witnesses and documents we have requested they would be absolutely clear they are participating in a coverup.

Chuck Schumer

Chuck Schumer Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Schumer also mentions, again, the need for four Republicans to support bringing Bolton and the other witnesses Democrats want into the Senate trial.

The other witnesses Democrats want for Trump’s impeachment trial are acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Michael Duffey, associate director of national security programs at the Office of Management and Budget, and Robert Blair, assistant to the president and senior adviser to Mulvaney.

Here’s our report from the day Mulvaney admitted there was a quid pro quo for military aid to Ukraine and memorably told reporters to “get over it”:

Choice quote: “But that’s it. That’s why we held up the money … I have news for everybody. Get over it. There is going to be political influence in foreign policy. Elections have consequences.”

And here’s part of his statement issued later the same day: “Let me be clear, there was absolutely no quid pro quo between Ukrainian military aid and any investigation into the 2016 election.”


Afternoon summary







Bolton confirms he will testify if subpoenaed in impeachment trial