Senate GOP rejects last-ditch attempt to subpoena Bolton, Mulvaney

Senate GOP rejects last-ditch attempt to subpoena Bolton, Mulvaney
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Senate Republicans on Friday night rejected a last-ditch effort to subpoena former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonJohn Kelly called Trump 'the most flawed person' he's ever met: report Bolton: North Korea 'more dangerous now' Demand for Trump-related titles sparks expected record year for political books MORE and acting chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyTrump says he may lower corporate tax rate to 20 percent if reelected Is Social Security safe from the courts? On The Money: House panel pulls Powell into partisan battles | New York considers hiking taxes on the rich | Treasury: Trump's payroll tax deferral won't hurt Social Security MORE.

The back-to-back votes, forced by Democrats, marked an 11th hour effort to try to get witnesses included in President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE's impeachment trial.

The move came after the Senate voted to reject a mid-trial effort to allow for witnesses and documents in a 51-49 vote, falling short of the simple majority needed.


Democrats' first measure on Friday night would have subpoenaed four officials including Bolton, Mulvaney, Mulvaney's adviser Robert Blair and Michael Duffey, an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) official. 

It also would have compelled the White House, OMB, Defense Department and State Department to hand over documents related to Trump's decision to delay $391 million in aid to Ukraine.

The Senate tabled that measure, effectively pigeonholing it, in a party-line vote. 

The second would have specifically subpoenaed only Bolton. The former national security adviser alleges, in a forthcoming memoir, that Trump directly tied the Ukraine aid to the country helping with investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens. 

The Senate voted 51-49 to table that proposal, with Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDemocrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid Senate is leaning to the Democrats, big time, with a wave MORE (R-Maine) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyMitt Romney did not vote for Trump in 2020 election Biden: Johnson should be 'ashamed' for suggesting family profited from their name The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by the Walton Family Foundation — Pope Francis expresses support for same-sex unions MORE (R-Utah) supporting the Democratic amendment. 


The two measures were offered as amendments to a resolution from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Trump casts doubt on hopes for quick stimulus deal after aides expressed optimism Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid MORE (R-Ky.) that outlines how the Senate ends Trump's impeachment trial. 

Under a deal struck by Republicans, the Senate is expected to pass the resolution Friday. The impeachment trial will then adjourn until Monday when both House managers and Trump's legal team will get two hours each to make their closing arguments. 

The final votes of the impeachment trial will occur on Wednesday under the GOP deal. 

Democrats are expected to vote in lockstep against the resolution that sets up the end of the trial after they failed to win over four GOP senators to support their request for documents.