Former National Security Advisor John Bolton prepared to testify in impeachment trial

"If the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify."

Former National Security Advisor John Bolton prepared to testify in impeachment trial

John Bolton, President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor, said in a statement on Monday that he would testify if subpoenaed by the Senate for the impeachment trial of President Trump.

“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,” Bolton wrote in a statement on the website John Bolton PAC. “I have concluded that, if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify.”

Bolton was fired by Trump in September, after he and the president reportedly disagreed about efforts to reach a peace agreement with the Taliban.

Bolton's announcement comes as Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the speaker of the House of Representatives, prepares to transmit the House's articles of impeachment to the Senate, allowing a trial to being in the chamber, the Washington Post reports. Pelosi has been withholding the documents as Democrats seek guarantees about the scope of a Senate trial, the Post reported.

Bolton explained in his statement that the Democratic-controlled House previously issued a subpoena to him, but he did not testify because he was waiting on a judge's ruling on whether to comply with the subpoena or a White House directive not to testify.

Bolton does not appear to have the same reservations about testifying before the Senate, which holds a Republican majority.

David Roza

David Rozacovers the Air Force and anything Star Wars-related. He joined Task & Purpose in 2019, after covering local news in Maine and then FDA policy in Washington D.C. He loves hearing the stories of individual airmen and their families, and he also holds the unpopular opinion that Imperial stormtroopers are actually excellent marksmen. david.roza@taskandpurpose.com Contact the author here.