President Trump’s allies in the Senate signaled Monday that they would be willing to agree to a subpoena of John Bolton if the president’s defense team is allowed to call preferred witnesses, including Hunter Biden and the whistleblower.
News broke Sunday that the former national security adviser reportedly heard Trump saying that his withholding of Ukrainian military aid was conditioned on a public announcement by Ukrainian investigators to explore corruption allegations against the Bidens, according to a draft of Bolton’s upcoming memoir.
Paul slammed Bolton on Twitter Monday night, implying the leak was profit-related — a claim Bolton categorically denies.
Why didn’t John Bolton testify to the US House? Apparently his book wasn’t quite finished yet for presales!
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 27, 2020
Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) confirmed he would call for both witnesses, despite revealing last week that he would oppose calling the Bidens.
“Those are the ones that I want to call,” Graham said of Hunter Biden and the whistleblower. “If we add to the record, we are going to do it completely.”
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 27, 2020
Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) told Fox & Friends that “my view is this — if the Senate decides to call witnesses later this week . . . we need to hear from Hunter Biden, he is right at the center of this. What was he doing in Ukraine? What was he doing with Burisma?”
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) January 27, 2020
Toomey’s proposal comes after intense speculation last week that Democrats may consider a possible deal on witnesses, which was first floated as “witness reciprocity” by Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas), only for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and others to shoot it down.
When asked about a potential deal on Monday, Cruz said “additional witnesses are not necessary,” but added that “at a minimum, the most important witness for the Senate to hear from is now Hunter Biden.”
Sen. Ted Cruz says he doesn’t think additional witnesses should be called for impeachment trial and that testimony from John Bolton is not “necessary” https://t.co/iwYPRsRtGP pic.twitter.com/GtxEy4Mi9o