Former National Security Adviser John Bolton shocked the nation on Monday by turning on Trump and indicating that he’d be willing to testify before the Senate.
Since then, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has been leading the charge to have Bolton testify during the impeachment trial, but Donald Trump may have just shattered Schumer’s hopes and dreams by stating that Bolton “knows nothing” about the Ukraine conversations, according to the New York Post.
Bolton released a statement on Monday in which he said that “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,” he added.
Sen. Schumer believes Bolton’s testimony could be the nail in Trump’s coffin in terms of his impeachment.
But Trump is sticking to his guns that he did nothing wrong and so far, the evidence is in his favor on this. When asked if he’s worried about Bolton potentially testifying, Trump brushed off concerns and pointed to the fact the president of Ukraine even stated no pressure was ever applied to him.
Trump stated: “As you know, the Ukrainian government came out with a very strong statement, no pressure, no anything, and this from the boss. That’s from the president of Ukraine. The foreign minister came out with a statement that was equally as strong.”
To that point, Trump stated that ultimately it is up to the Senate to decide if Bolton will be called, but if so, Bolton’s testimony is not something that worries Trump.
Bolton and Trump
The only real question now is if Bolton will offer testimony that would allow Democrats to twist his statements to suit their narrative. If Bolton does not have firsthand knowledge of Trump’s relationship with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, we will more than likely see Democrats attempt to do what they did in the House.
During the House hearings, hearsay was readily accepted as fact, something that may not be allowed during a Senate trial.
There are two different factors in the Senate that were not present in the House. First, there is a presiding justice who can rule on whether or not the hearsay is admissible.
Secondly, the Senate can overrule a decision made by the justice — in this case, Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts — if the majority of the Senate votes to do so.
If this is anything like Bill Clinton’s impeachment, the justice will defer to the Senate vote, which will crush just about any chance Dems have of relying on hearsay evidence. And that’s good news for Oresident Trump.