The Democratic caucus can issue a subpoena for John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, to testify before the House. During impeachment hearings, Bolton appears to have damaging evidence about Trump, indicated that he would not testify. This week, however, Bolton changed his position and that he would honor a Senate subpoena.
Maybe he did so believing that McConnell would make sure the Senate never issued one. But Bolton’s new position makes it easier for the House to compel him to testify. “By stating that he would testify if the Senate subpoenas him, Bolton has effectively waived any argument against testifying should the House subpoena him,” the legal scholar Heidi Kitrosser told The Washington Post.
Benjamin Wittes of Lawfare called Bolton’s new position “a strategic opening for Pelosi.”