Nadler floats John Kelly as potential impeachment witness

Nadler floats John Kelly as potential impeachment witness
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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerSchumer: 'Nothing is off the table' if GOP moves forward with Ginsburg replacement Top Democrats call for DOJ watchdog to probe Barr over possible 2020 election influence House passes bill to protect pregnant workers MORE (D-N.Y.) said in a new interview Tuesday evening that Democrats may seek to subpoena former White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE as a witness in President TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE’s Senate impeachment trial.

Nadler pointed to comments Kelly made Monday in which he said he believes assertions reportedly made by former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonDiplomacy with China is good for America The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Pence lauds Harris as 'experienced debater'; Trump, Biden diverge over debate prep DOJ launches probe into Bolton book for possible classified information disclosures MORE in a draft of his upcoming memoir. Nadler said Kelly's comments may signal he has firsthand knowledge of the conduct at issue in Trump’s trial.

“That would seem to indicate that he has knowledge of what Bolton's testifying to,” Nadler said during the MSNBC interview on Tuesday, naming Kelly as among those on a shortlist of desired witnesses.

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A book manuscript by Bolton reportedly claims Trump personally told him last August that he wanted to continue to withhold military assistance to Ukraine until the country helped with investigations into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Trump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally Special counsel investigating DeVos for potential Hatch Act violation: report MORE and other Democrats.

At an event in Sarasota, Fla., on Monday, Kelly threw his support behind Bolton.

“If John Bolton says that in the book, I believe John Bolton,” Kelly said at the event, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. “Every single time I was with him ... he always gave the president the unvarnished truth.” 

The Senate is expected to vote this week on the pivotal issue of whether new witnesses and documentary evidence will be admitted at Trump’s Senate trial.