Former national security advisor John Bolton has released a statement indicating that he is willing to testify in the Senate investigation of President Donald Trump.
Bolton claims he is basing his decision on the case of former deputy national security advisor Dr. Charles Kupperman, who filed a lawsuit rather than listening to the White House’s directive to refuse a subpoena during the House’s witch hunt impeachment proceedings against Trump.
“My colleague, Dr. Charles Kupperman, faced with a House committee subpoena on the one hand, and a Presidential directive not to testify on the other, sought final resolution of this Constitutional conflict from the Federal judiciary,” Bolton wrote in his announcement on Monday.
“After my counsel informed the House committee that I too would seek judicial resolution of these Constitutional issues, the committee chose not to subpoena me. Nevertheless, I publicly resolved to be guided by the outcome of Dr. Kupperman’s case,” he added.
The Kupperman case was ultimately dismissed in December after the House removed their subpoena request, as Bolton mentioned in his letter.
“But both the President and the House of Representatives opposed his effort on jurisdictional grounds, and each other on the merits. The House committee went so far as to withdraw its subpoena to Dr. Kupperman in a deliberate attempt to moot the case and deprive the court of jurisdiction,” Bolton said.
“Judge Richard Leon, in a carefully reasoned opinion on December 30, held Dr. Kupperman’s case to be moot, and therefore did not reach the separation-of-powers issues,” he added.
Even though there was no resolution to the case, Bolton is still using it as a pretense for his decision to issue testimony regarding President Trump.
“The House has concluded its Constitutional responsibility by adopting Articles of Impeachment related to the Ukraine matter. It now falls to the Senate to fulfill its Constitutional obligation to try impeachments, and it does not appear possible that a final judicial resolution of the still-unanswered Constitutional questions can be obtained before the Senate acts,” Bolton wrote.
Yet Congress has not fulfilled its role in this process, Nancy Pelosi has stonewalled the articles of impeachment refusing to refer them to the Senate. The Senate can not act, because the House hasn’t completed their duty.
“Accordingly, since my testimony is once again at issue, I have had to resolve the serious competing issues as best I could, based on careful consideration and study. I have concluded that, if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify,” Bolton added.
Since Bolton’s dismissal from the Trump administration, the President has called out the infamous mustachioed warmonger for his derelict performance while on the job.
“So, John is somebody that I actually got along with very well. He made some very big mistakes,” Trump said a day following his ouster of Bolton from the White House.
“And it set us back, and frankly he wanted to do things — not necessarily tougher than me — You know John’s known as a tough guy. He’s so tough he got us into Iraq … but he’s actually somebody I had a very good relationship with. But he wasn’t getting along with people in the administration that I consider very important,” he added.
Bolton has threatened the White House publicly, inferring that he may go rogue against his former boss.
Re: speaking up — since resigning as National Security Advisor, the @WhiteHouse refused to return access to my personal Twitter account. Out of fear of what I may say? To those who speculated I went into hiding, I’m sorry to disappoint!
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) November 22, 2019
Bolton may have his opportunity to get revenge on Trump if he is subpoenaed to testify in the Senate trial of President Trump.
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