Back when he was leading the impeachment push against President Donald Trump, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) was unable to secure the testimony of former National Security Adviser John Bolton.
However, it seems that Schiff hasn’t quite given up on hearing from Bolton — and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) may be on board with his efforts as well, according to The Hill.
Dems may seek Bolton testimony
Schiff spoke about the subject during a recent television interview in which he referred to accusations Bolton has made about the president in his new book, The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir.
“Like the rest of the country, we will look at what allegations like those involving Turkey and other countries, particularly involving China, need to be fleshed out and exposed to the light of day and then we’ll make our decisions,” The Hill quoted Schiff as telling NBC’s Meet the Press.
“But, you know, we do need I think to expose the length and breadth of this president’s depravity and how much it is endangering the country,” the California Democrat continued.
He went on: “So those facts are going to need to come out and we are discussing with the Speaker and my fellow chairs just how to do that.
“I don’t think we should wait if we conclude that there are important things that he says that need to be exposed to the public. The public needs to know exactly what they have in this president,” Schiff insisted.
“A lot of it is not a surprise, but at the same time, exposure of this president’s misconduct is the best way to protect the country. Congress can take steps to protect the country,” he asserted.
Another bite at the apple?
Bolton consistently refused to appear as a witness or otherwise provide sworn testimony during the impeachment process, a fact that led to great consternation on the left and prompted at least one commentator to call for his arrest.
In an op-ed piece that appeared in TIME magazine last fall, Daniel S. Alter wrote that “the House should stand firm, subpoena Mr. Bolton, and – if he refuses to comply – exercise its constitutional authority to detain him until he agrees to testify.”
“The prospect of sitting behind bars can make a person seriously examine the legitimacy of his or her position. That’s the point of coercive custody,” Alter continued.
Whether Bolton is now ready or willing to provide a bit more context to the sensational claims made in his book — and do so under oath — remains to be seen.