Schiff: House Intelligence Committee 'considering' Bolton subpoena

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package House Intelligence panel opens probe into DHS's involvement in response to protests Democrats exit briefing saying they fear elections under foreign threat MORE (D-Calif.) said the committee is considering subpoenaing former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonHannity's first book in 10 years debuts at No. 1 on Amazon Congress has a shot at correcting Trump's central mistake on cybersecurity The 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence MORE as impeachment moves to the Senate. 

Schiff said on CBS’s “Face The Nation” that bringing Bolton in for testimony in the lower chamber is an option but added that there is “little sense” in having Bolton testify in front of the House but not the Senate.

“If they’re going to be the triers, and in fact they will be, they should hear from the witness directly. He has offered to come forward and testify,” he said. “There is no reason not to have him come forward and testify unless you just want to cover up the president’s wrongdoing.”

Schiff said the U.S. will see a “fair trial” for the president and the American people. He added that if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump's election delay red herring On The Money: Unemployment debate sparks GOP divisions | Pandemic reveals flaws of unemployment insurance programs | Survey finds nearly one-third of rehired workers laid off again OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs major conservation bill into law | Senate votes to confirm Energy's No. 2 official | Trump Jr. expresses opposition to Pebble Mine project MORE (R-Ky.) is successful in stopping other witnesses from testifying, the trial would be a “sham” and a “cover-up.”

“And I think one of the things that holding on to the articles has succeeded doing is fleshing out McConnell and the president’s desire to make this a cover-up,” he said.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNegotiators hit gas on coronavirus talks as frustration mounts Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package MORE (D-Calif.) told ABC’s “This Week” that it was a possibility the House would subpoena Bolton or submit new articles of impeachment but added, “Let’s just see what the Senate does.”

Schiff's and Pelosi's comments come after Bolton expressed a willingness to testify in front of the Senate if subpoenaed. McConnell has argued against agreeing to have witnesses and additional documentation in the Senate trial before hearing opening statements.

The House impeached the president for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress last month, moving the matter to a Senate trial. But Pelosi has not sent the articles to the upper chamber yet.

The Speaker said she would withhold the articles until she learns the Senate’s rules for President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE’s trial but has indicated she will pass them along as early as this week.