Nadler: It's 'Likely' the House Will Subpoena Former National Security Advisor John Bolton


House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said it’s “likely” that Democrats will subpoena former National Security Advisor John Bolton to testify as lawmakers continue to investigate President Donald Trump

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Nadler indicated that House Democrats would continue to investigate Trump after the impeachment proceedings end.

When asked by CNN’s Manu Raju if the House would subpoena Bolton, Nadler said, “I think it’s likely, yes.”

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Nadler said he wasn’t concerned about any potential political backlash that could come from subpoenaing Bolton.

“I think when you have a lawless president, you have to bring that to the fore. You have to spotlight that. You have to protect the Constitution, whatever the political consequences.”

Bolton refused to testify in the House impeachment probe, and threatened to take a Congressional subpoena to court to decide if he would have to testify.

After The New York Times reported that a manuscript of Bolton’s forthcoming book said Trump told him he withheld military aid to Ukraine to pressure officials there to open an investigation of his political rivals, Democrats ramped up their calls for Bolton to testify.

Separately, the Times reported that Bolton’s manuscript says Trump told him to assist in efforts to dig up dirt on Democrats

Republican senators dismissed calls to subpoena Bolton in the Senate’s trial, arguing that they had all the information they needed to make up their minds on whether when Trump committed an impeachable offense.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said on Wednesday he doesn’t think the House would be “interested at all in opening round two of impeachment,” but added that “the country deserves the truth.”

Van Hollen accused Senate Republicans of “covering up the truth” in the impeachment investigation by blocking a vote to call new witnesses in the Senate’s impeachment trial. 

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