Schiff: Bolton 'refused' to submit affidavit on Trump's involvement in Ukraine controversy

Schiff: Bolton 'refused' to submit affidavit on Trump's involvement in Ukraine controversy
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocrats exit briefing saying they fear elections under foreign threat Nunes declines to answer if he received information from Ukraine lawmaker meant to damage Biden Hillicon Valley: House panel grills tech CEOs during much anticipated antitrust hearing | TikTok to make code public as it pushes back against 'misinformation' | House Intel panel expands access to foreign disinformation evidence MORE (D-Calif.) said former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonThe 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence Senate-passed defense spending bill includes clause giving DHS cyber agency subpoena power Bolton defends Cheney amid clash with House conservatives MORE “refused” to submit an affidavit on his take of President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE’s “Ukraine misconduct” when asked by House Democrats.

The House Intelligence Committee chairman told MSNBC’s Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowHere are top contenders to be Biden's VP Juan Williams: We must not become numb to Trump's abnormality Mary Trump claims she's heard Trump use racist, anti-Semitic slurs: He's 'virulently racist' MORE on Wednesday that Democrats had approached Bolton’s counsel after the Senate voted last week not to include any additional witnesses or documentation in the impeachment trial. 

“We did approach John Bolton’s counsel, asked if Mr. Bolton would be willing to submit an affidavit under oath, describing what he observed in terms of the president’s Ukraine misconduct, and he refused,” Schiff told Maddow. “For whatever reason, he apparently was willing to testify before the Senate, but apart from that, seems intent on saving it for his book."

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The California Democrat did reiterate that “absolutely” no decision has been made about whether the House will subpoena the former adviser following the Senate’s acquittal of the president Wednesday. 

The Hill has reached out to Bolton’s counsel for comment. 

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The Senate voted to acquit the president of two articles of impeachment Wednesday after Senate Democrats did not get enough votes to request more witnesses in the trial. 

Democrats had wanted Bolton to testify in front of the upper chamber after he announced he would be willing to if subpoenaed. 

The New York Times reported in the days before the vote on witnesses that Bolton’s upcoming book would include a claim that Trump wanted to withhold military assistance from Ukraine until the country agreed to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program Don't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency Abrams: Trump 'doing his best to undermine our confidence' in voting system MORE. Previously, the president’s lawyers had argued that Trump did not tie the delay in aid to the desired Biden investigations.

House Democrats had requested that Bolton testify during their impeachment inquiry, but the former adviser declined after the White House did not allow him to appear as a witness, and the House was unwilling to wait for the matter to be resolved in the courts.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBy questioning Barr, Democrats unmasked their policy of betrayal Chris Wallace: Barr hearing 'an embarrassment' for Democrats: 'Just wanted to excoriate him' Apple posts blowout third quarter MORE (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday ahead of the president’s acquittal that the House would “likely” subpoena Bolton.