House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) fired back at a tweet by President Trump on Monday regarding witnesses in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial, asking what the president is “hiding.”
Schiff, a House impeachment manager who led the impeachment hearings in the lower chamber, called out Trump’s claim that House Democrats “didn’t want” former national security adviser John Bolton to testify.
“No, Mr. President, we did ask John Bolton to testify. You ordered him not to, and blocked others, like Mick Mulvaney,” Schiff tweeted.
“All Americans know what a fair trial includes documents and witnesses,” he added. “What are you hiding?”
No, Mr. President, we did ask John Bolton to testify. You ordered him not to, and blocked others, like Mick Mulvaney.
All Americans know what a fair trial includes documents and witnesses.
What are you hiding? https://t.co/XIMPtZa74O
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 20, 2020
“They didn’t want John Bolton and others in the House. They were in too much of a rush. Now they want them all in the Senate. Not supposed to be that way!” Trump had tweeted earlier.
Senate Democrats are looking to call Bolton and acting White House chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to testify as part of the impeachment trial in the upper chamber, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said he doesn’t want to debate the question of witnesses until the end of opening arguments.
Senators will vote this week to decide whether to have witnesses testify in the trial or to delay the decision until later in the process.
Bolton said earlier this month he would testify if subpoenaed.