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

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHillicon Valley: Trump backs potential Microsoft, TikTok deal, sets September deadline | House Republicans request classified TikTok briefing | Facebook labels manipulated Pelosi video Trump says he's considering executive action to suspend evictions, payroll tax Trump won't say if he disagrees with Birx that virus is widespread MORE (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats are calling on President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 MORE and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellProfessional sports players associations come out against coronavirus liability protections Democratic leaders report 'some progress' in talks with White House Top GOP senator urges agencies to protect renters, banks amid coronavirus aid negotiations MORE (R-Ky.) to allow John BoltonJohn BoltonCongress has a shot at correcting Trump's central mistake on cybersecurity The 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence Senate-passed defense spending bill includes clause giving DHS cyber agency subpoena power 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 SchumerChuck SchumerMeadows: 'I'm not optimistic there will be a solution in the very near term' on coronavirus package Biden calls on Trump, Congress to enact an emergency housing program Senators press Postal Service over complaints of slow delivery MORE (D-N.Y.), House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse Intelligence panel opens probe into DHS's involvement in response to protests Democrats exit briefing saying they fear elections under foreign threat Nunes declines to answer if he received information from Ukraine lawmaker meant to damage Biden 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 Murkowski300 green groups say Senate has 'moral duty' to reject Trump's public lands nominee Senate GOP divided over whether they'd fill Supreme Court vacancy  On The Money: Unemployment benefits to expire as coronavirus talks deadlock | Meadows, Pelosi trade criticism on stalled stimulus talks | Coronavirus recession hits Social Security, Medicare, highway funding MORE (R-Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsObama announces first wave of 2020 endorsements Senate GOP divided over whether they'd fill Supreme Court vacancy  On The Trail: The first signs of a post-Trump GOP 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 MulvaneyMick MulvaneyFauci says positive White House task force reports don't always match what he hears on the ground Bottom line White House, Senate GOP clash over testing funds MORE and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHillicon Valley: Trump backs potential Microsoft, TikTok deal, sets September deadline | House Republicans request classified TikTok briefing | Facebook labels manipulated Pelosi video Top House Republicans request classified TikTok briefing Democrats subpoena top aides to Pompeo 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 BidenTrump campaign emails supporters encouraging mask-wearing: 'We have nothing to lose' Cuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Democrats want Biden to debate Trump despite risks 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.