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Tue Jan 7, 2020, 10:39 AM

Bolton has let it be known that he will testify...But what gives him the right to dictate terms?

Why Aren’t All the President’s Men Testifying?
Their contempt for Congress should be met with a legal and political fusillade.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/07/opinion/trump-impeachment-congress.html?

Why aren’t all the president’s men testifying?

Some of the president’s closest aides, official and unofficial, past and present — Robert Blair, Michael Duffey, Rudy Giuliani, Don McGahn, Mick Mulvaney and Mike Pompeo — invoke a presidential order to refuse to give evidence about delays in Ukraine aid. But government officials like Gordon Sondland, William Taylor, Alexander Vindman and Marie Yovanovitch all ignored such orders and gave valuable testimony. After weeks of tweeting, giving interviews and writing his memoirs, John Bolton has let it be known that he will testify before the Senate, if he is subpoenaed by the Senate. But what gives him the right to dictate terms?

Mr. Bolton’s statement Monday claims that he is trying to “resolve the serious competing issues” between his obligations as a citizen and a former national security official. In fact, those obligations point in the same direction. Like jury duty or paying taxes, testifying under oath about facts we know is not optional; it is a fundamental obligation of citizenship. As a government official, Mr. Bolton held high office under an oath to “support and defend the Constitution.” Testifying at a Senate impeachment trial fulfills that constitutional oath.

Anyone who served in high public office knows that testifying before Congress about matters you worked on in government is part of your solemn public duty. If legislators’ questions impinge upon legitimate concerns about executive or national security privilege, you still must appear, declining to answer only those questions that call for information legally protected from public disclosure.

It does not matter that these witnesses have successfully withheld their testimony until now. The House’s impeachment vote should overrule any ethical or legal objection these witnesses now have to testifying before the Senate. How can senators vote on Mr. Trump’s removal without the testimony of any of his closest advisers? And if Mr. Bolton ends up testifying, don’t the Senate and the public need the others’ testimony to flesh out the full story?

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Reply Bolton has let it be known that he will testify...But what gives him the right to dictate terms? (Original post)
dajoki Jan 2020 OP
bluedigger Jan 2020 #1
kentuck Jan 2020 #2
2naSalit Jan 2020 #3
snowybirdie Jan 2020 #4
kacekwl Jan 2020 #5
Docreed2003 Jan 2020 #6
gratuitous Jan 2020 #7
uponit7771 Jan 2020 #8

Response to dajoki (Original post)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 10:42 AM

1. Mustache privilege?

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 10:44 AM

2. Rubio and Thune have said they do not want him to be supoenaed to testify.

What's that about? Why do they object?

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Response to kentuck (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 10:56 AM

3. They must be hiding something too...nt

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 11:36 AM

4. Watched the PBS show

on Sen. McCarthy last night. Back then it seemed no one ignored a Congressional subpoena, even if it arrived the night before a demand to appear. Also noted, Roy Cohen was a principal player back then, as well as, The Donald 's mentor later in life. A very destructive person!

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 12:09 PM

5. Don't trust Bolton or

any other puke. Period.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 12:40 PM

6. Notice he's only agreed AFTER this issue with Iran has erupted

I don't trust him to be honest even if he does appear

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 12:49 PM

7. Republicans don't recognize a personal civic duty

It's up to everyone else to be a good citizen, but not Republicans. Say you're a witness to a car accident or an assault. Of course you leave your name and contact information with the police, because you're a good citizen. When the D.A. contacts you some time later, you answer all the questions, and as the trial date nears, you make arrangements to testify. That's what a good citizen does. You may even turn your witness fee check back in uncashed because you're doing your civic duty.

If you're a Republican, though, citizenship is everyone else's duty. Your duty is to get paid for doing what everyone else does freely and willingly. John Bolton isn't going to talk for nothing; he's going to need cash up front and no, you can't know what he's going to attest to ahead of time.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 02:58 PM

8. Male, white, hetero, assumed Christian, well off ?

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