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 BoltonOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right Ex-Trump adviser Bolton defends Milley: 'His patriotism is unquestioned' MORE and acting chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE.

The back-to-back votes, forced by Democrats, marked an 11th hour effort to try to get witnesses included in President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump 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 CollinsLooking to the past to secure America's clean energy future Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike MORE (R-Maine) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGraham tries to help Trump and McConnell bury the hatchet GOP senator will 'probably' vote for debt limit increase Five questions and answers about the debt ceiling fight 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 McConnellGOP should grab the chance to upend Pelosi's plan on reconciliation We don't need platinum to solve the debt ceiling crisis The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble 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.