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Schiff: House Intelligence Committee 'considering' Bolton subpoena

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOvernight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he Hillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats hearing MORE (D-Calif.) said the committee is considering subpoenaing former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - US vaccine effort takes hit with Johnson & Johnson pause Bipartisan lawmakers signal support for Biden cybersecurity picks On North Korea, Biden should borrow from Trump's Singapore declaration 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 McConnellMcCarthy and Biden haven't spoken since election Democrats roll out legislation to expand Supreme Court Wall Street spent .9B on campaigns, lobbying in 2020 election: study 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 PelosiHouse Republican proposes constitutional amendment to prevent Supreme Court expansion Business groups oppose Paycheck Fairness Act, citing concerns it could threaten bonuses and negotiating New US sanctions further chill Biden-Putin relations 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.”

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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 TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE’s trial but has indicated she will pass them along as early as this week.