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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 NadlerBritney Spears case casts harsh light on conservatorships Tech industry pushes for delay in antitrust legislation Senate on collision course over Trump DOJ subpoenas 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 Trump Pence said he's 'proud' Congress certified Biden's win on Jan. 6 Americans put the most trust in their doctor for COVID-19 information: poll OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Biden administration to evacuate Afghans who helped US l Serious differences remain between US and Iran on nuclear talks l US, Turkish officials meet to discuss security plans for Afghan airport 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 BoltonTrump said he hoped COVID-19 'takes out' Bolton: book US drops lawsuit, closes probe over Bolton book John Bolton: Biden-Putin meeting 'premature' 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 Biden Pence said he's 'proud' Congress certified Biden's win on Jan. 6 Americans put the most trust in their doctor for COVID-19 information: poll US to give Afghanistan 3M doses of J&J vaccine 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.