Pelosi on Bolton saying he'd testify: Trump, McConnell 'have run out of excuses'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiRussian interference reports rock Capitol Hill Hillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter split on Bloomberg video | Sanders briefed on Russian efforts to help campaign | Barr to meet with Republicans ahead of surveillance fight Pelosi blasts Trump's 'dangerous' pick for intelligence chief MORE (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats are calling on President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Gov. Ron DeSantis more popular in Florida than Trump Sotomayor accuses Supreme Court of bias in favor of Trump administration MORE and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Russian interference reports rock Capitol Hill Top GOP super PAC spent money on NC Democrat MORE (R-Ky.) to allow John BoltonJohn BoltonTrump directly sought to block publication of Bolton's book: WaPo 'Parasite' studio fires back after Trump criticism: 'He can't read' Trump swipes at 'little wise guy' Brad Pitt, Korean film 'Parasite' during rally MORE to testify in the upper chamber's impeachment trial after the former national security adviser said on Monday that he would comply with a subpoena.

Pelosi said in a tweet that Trump and McConnell have "run out of excuses" and that the Republican-controlled Senate must seek Bolton's testimony about the Trump administration's contacts with Ukraine.

"They must allow key witnesses to testify, and produce the documents Trump has blocked, so Americans can see the facts for themselves. The Senate cannot be complicit in the President's cover-up," the Speaker added using the hashtag "#DefendOurDemocracy."


Her tweet adds to renewed calls from top Democrats like Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerRussian interference reports rock Capitol Hill Clinton calls Trump 'Putin's puppet' amid reports of Russian interference in 2020 election New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff MORE (D-N.Y.), House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffPelosi blasts Trump's 'dangerous' pick for intelligence chief Sanders says he was briefed on Russian effort to help campaign Trump: Democrats 'trying to start a rumor' about 2020 Russian interference MORE (D-Calif.) and others for witnesses in the Senate trial following Bolton's announcement.

"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 said in a statement.


The timing of the former national security adviser's decision also adds pressure on Senate Republicans, particularly the more moderate members who have been mum about their position on calling in witnesses to testify in the upper chamber.

Moderates like Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump budget includes proposal for US Consulate in Greenland Democrats worried about Trump's growing strength The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in MORE (R-Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe new American center Democratic Senate campaign arm raised more than .5 million in January On the Trail: Senate GOP hopefuls tie themselves to Trump MORE (R-Maine) offered unusual rebukes of McConnell over his statement late last year about closely coordinating the upcoming Senate impeachment trial with the White House.

Both warned that they want the trial to be fair and impartial, although neither took a definitive position on calling in witnesses — as Democrats are demanding.

Democrats would need four Republican senators to side with them in order to subpoena witnesses.

Pelosi chose to delay passing along the two articles of impeachment that passed the House largely along party lines last month as leverage to press McConnell to concede to Democrats' demands of calling in witnesses, which they say will help ensure a fair trial.


McConnell, who has wanted a speedy trial, has expressed resistance to the idea, but Bolton's statement may add pressure on the Kentucky Republican to reconsider.

Democrats also want to hear from acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump furious after officials allowed Americans with coronavirus to fly home with other passengers: report Mulvaney confirms he'd have to take a pay cut to be permanent White House chief of staff The Hill's Morning Report — Sanders, Dems zero in on Super Tuesday MORE and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoLimbaugh: Democrats who set up George W. Bush to go to war with Iraq now organizing 'silent coup' against Trump Overnight Defense: Seven day 'reduction in violence' starts in Afghanistan | US, Taliban plan to sign peace deal Feb. 29 | Trump says top intel job has four candidates Former US ambassador Yovanovitch lands a book deal: report MORE, among others who chose to side with the White House claims of absolute immunity and defy congressional subpoenas seeking their testimony during the House impeachment inquiry last year.

The Democratic-controlled House voted to impeach Trump last month for abusing his power, alleging that he withheld the promise of a White House meeting and nearly $400 million in U.S. aid as leverage to get Ukraine to open two politically motivated investigations, including one into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Democratic nominee won't be democratically chosen Fox's Ingraham mocks DNC over Nevada voting malfunctions: 'Are we a Third World country?' At Democratic debate, missed opportunities on immigration MORE, a leading 2020 rival.

House Democrats also charged Trump with obstruction of Congress after the White House refused to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry, which the president and his allies described as a partisan sham that was designed to hurt Trump heading into a presidential election.

The GOP-controlled upper chamber, however, is unlikely to vote to remove Trump from office.