Jerry Nadler: House 'Will Likely' Subpoena John Bolton
Impeachment manager says Democrats want to continue investigations into President Trump
Democratic House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) says Democrats "will likely" want to subpoena President Donald Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton.
Nadler says House expects to continue its investigations into President Trump's conduct, despite the Democrats' failed impeachment ambitions during the Senate trial.
Rep. Nadler revealed the Democrats' plans while speaking to reporters Wednesday.
During the impeachment trial, Bolton had said he would comply with a Senate subpoena, but the Senate voted against calling witnesses.
Bolton allegedly claims, in a book manuscript, that the president told him he was withholding aid to Ukraine until the Ukrainian government began an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, according to published reports.
Nadler indicated that a subpoena could come from the Judiciary or other investigative committees but did not provide a timeline for when Bolton would be subpoenaed.
Bolton was ousted as national security adviser last fall after clashing with the president on a number of foreign policy issues.
Nadler, asked if he was concerned about possible political repercussions of a continuing investigation, said: "First of all, I think when you have a lawless president, you have to bring that to the fore and you have to spotlight that."
"Second of all, no, as more and more lawlessness comes out, I presume the public will understand that," Nadler told reporters outside a Democratic caucus meeting.
But a decision on the House issuing a subpoena to Bolton is not set in stone.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), the Democratic caucus chairman and one of the seven impeachment managers, said that subpoenaing Bolton would be a “question for further discussion” that would be decided by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA).
Bolton's upcoming book reportedly will claim that Trump wanted to withhold nearly $400 million in security assistance to Ukraine until its government agreed to open investigations into his political opponents.
House Democrats asked Bolton to testify last fall but did not issue a subpoena.
Bolton declined to testify because the White House didn't authorize him to appear as a witness in the impeachment inquiry.
Democrats opted against trying to force Bolton to testify out of concerns that the fight would take months to resolve in the courts.
But in January, Bolton announced that he would be willing to testify in the Senate impeachment trial if he were subpoenaed.
Senators, however, narrowly voted last week against calling any witnesses.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) suggested on Wednesday that there is value in hearing from Bolton, even after the Senate impeachment trial has ended.
But he deferred the decision to the committee leaders, like Nadler, who have been examining Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
"I don't think they're going to be precluded by any vote of the Senate on that," Hoyer told reporters in the Capitol.
"But the committees will make that decision."
Hoyer acknowledged that there are some moderate Democrats facing tough reelections who are ready to put the whole saga behind them and turn their focus to legislation.
But, he predicted voters will understand if Democrats frame the ongoing investigation as routine oversight, rather than a second stab at impeachment.
"The committees ... will be making a determination whether that information is useful to get for their oversight responsibilities, not necessarily for the impeachment process, but for ... closing the book, finding out the information," he said.
"I think that they may well do that, but they're going to make that decision."