Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is prepared to get Senate Republicans to unilaterally pass a resolution setting the rules for President Trump’s impeachment trial despite John Bolton’s statement Monday saying he would testify under subpoena.
The decision by Trump’s former national security adviser handed Senate Democrats calling for witnesses to the trial a new talking point, raising pressure on the Senate GOP leader.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday said in a statement that Republicans would be “participating in a cover up” if they continue to oppose subpoenas, noting that “Mr. Bolton’s lawyers have stated he has new relevant information to share.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a tweet responding to news of Bolton’s willingness to testify that Trump and McConnell had “run out of excuses” and “must allow key witnesses to testify and produce documents Trump has blocked.”
One key Republican, Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah), said he wanted to hear from Bolton about “what he knows.”