Nadler: ‘We’re not interested in Bolton’s testimony’
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that he is “not interested” in having John Bolton testify about allegations the former White House national security adviser made in his forthcoming book about President Trump’s actions.
Asked by CNN’s “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper if he will call Bolton to testify before the committee over allegations released in excerpts of the book, Nadler suggested he would not.
“No, we’re not interested in Bolton’s testimony,” he said.
Pressed by Tapper, Nadler said, “we may, but we’ll see about that.”
Tapper also asked Nadler if any of the new revelations from Bolton’s book could lead to another impeachment probe against Trump.
“I think the president has done a lot of impeachable things, including what Bolton’s talking about,” Nadler responded.
However, he said an impeachment probe against Trump “at this point” is a “waste of time and effort” with an election coming up and a Republican-controlled Senate that he said “won’t entertain” an impeachment trial.
The House impeached Trump on a charge of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress at the end of last year. He was acquitted in the Senate in January.
Bolton refused to testify before the House during its impeachment inquiry. Instead, he threatened to join a lawsuit contesting the House Democrats’ subpoenas seeking his associate’s testimony.
In his memoir, “The Room Where It Happened,” Bolton accused House Democrats of committing “impeachment malpractice,” in limiting their inquiry to Ukraine.
He also alleges that Trump solicited Chinese President Xi Jinping’s assistance in winning reelection.