Behind Bolton’s decision to testify if subpoenaed

Behind Bolton’s decision to testify if subpoenaed
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[Ed. – If he does show up, will he answer questions? There is no guarantee that he will.]

Former national security adviser John Bolton shook up the Trump impeachment standoff Monday with his announcement that, if subpoenaed, he is “prepared to testify” before a Senate trial. It’s still not clear, of course, when or even if a trial might occur, since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is withholding the articles of impeachment. But, if there is a trial, and if the Senate subpoenas Bolton, he won’t fight.

Neither Bolton nor Mulvaney testified before the House impeachment proceedings. … In the end, Democratic leaders, who had characterized Bolton, Mulvaney, and others as critical witnesses, did not lift as much as a finger to compel their testimony. …

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The problem is, the questions surrounding potential testimony remain unanswered. If there was a problem requiring judicial resolution in the House, wouldn’t there also be a problem when the Senate seeks testimony?

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