The impeachment saga may be over, but Democrats aren’t done investigating President Donald Trump.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said Wednesday that House Democrats will “likely” subpoena former National Security Adviser John Bolton to testify in the coming weeks about Ukraine and a host of other topics, the New York Post reported. Nadler’s comments came shortly before Trump was acquitted of both impeachment charges against him Wednesday afternoon.
Dems eye Bolton testimony
Ironically, it was the Democrats’ failure to subpoena Bolton that made his testimony an issue in the final stretch of Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate. Democrats did not subpoena Bolton in the House phase of the inquiry, fearing an extended court battle, only to accuse Senate Republicans of a “cover-up” by blocking witnesses on their end.
A final push to have Bolton testify was momentarily spurred by a leak of his upcoming book, which mentioned an alleged quid pro quo with Ukraine, but Senate Republicans voted to reject witnesses last Friday. That vote put Trump on the path to acquittal this week.
But the Dems aren’t done yet. Asked Wednesday if Bolton would be called to testify in the House, Nadler told reporters: “I think it’s likely, yes.”
Nadler did not express concern about fatiguing the electorate with continued probes, saying that his caucus wants to hear from Bolton about “everything” from Ukraine to other matters that Democrats are still investigating. “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,” the congressman said, according to the Post.
Nadler added Wednesday that Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had signed off on House Democrats subpoenaing Bolton, but he wouldn’t say when those subpoenas would come, according to Fox News.
Pelosi, on the other hand, said at a press conference Thursday that there are “no plans right now” to subpoena the former National Security adviser, CBS News reported.
Trump takes a victory lap
Trump was acquitted in a nearly party-line vote, with all Democrats voting to convict and all Republicans — except Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) — voting to acquit on both charges. The vote capped off an extraordinarily lucky week for Trump, who delivered a triumphant State of Union on Tuesday evening that was well received by the public, according to CBS.
Trump mostly avoided attacking Democrats, and he never mentioned impeachment in his Tuesday address, but the president didn’t hesitate to take a victory lap Thursday morning at the National Prayer Breakfast, where he proudly brandished a newspaper headlining his acquittal, savaged Romney and Pelosi for their “prayerful” moral preening, and slammed “corrupt” people who hurt his family and the nation, Fox reported.
At the White House later Thursday, Trump struck a somber tone as he recounted the “Witch Hunt” that dogged him for three years and the damage it has done to the country. “It was evil, it was corrupt, it was dirty cops, it was leakers and liars and this should never ever happen to another president,” he said.
But Democrats have vowed to keep the ball rolling, despite the president’s acquittal, with probes on everything from Robert Mueller’s report to Trump’s personal finances. Meanwhile, Trump seems to be benefiting from the relentless negativity of his foes: a new Gallup poll found that he now has the highest approval rating of his presidency at 49%.