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 NadlerHouse Democrats unveil measure to condemn police brutality House Democrats call on DOJ to investigate recent killings of unarmed black people  Gun control group rolls out House endorsements 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 TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest 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 BoltonHave the courage to recognize Taiwan McConnell says Obama administration 'did leave behind' pandemic plan Trump company lawyer warned Michael Cohen not to write 'tell-all' book: report 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 BidenStopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest Trump slams Biden staff for donating bail money to protesters At least 4,400 people arrested in connection with protests: 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.