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After former National Security Adviser John Bolton announced Monday that he would be willing to testify in a Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump, Sen.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, said on Friday the Senate can not proceed with a trial under its rules until it receives them.

Changing the Senate's rules would require 51 votes in a chamber where Republicans hold a 53-47 edge. "It's that they want to defeat Cory Gardner".

Bolton, 71, said Monday that he would testify before the Senate in the impeachment trial if he were subpoenaed.

And an occasional Trump critic, Sen.

The White House could try to block Bolton from testifying.

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An aide to Pelosi referred to a statement she issued on Friday in which she accused McConnell of being complicit in Trump's "cover-up of his abuses of power". Doug Jones, is considered vulnerable and is also squeezed by impeachment. He was approved on a unanimous voice vote.

Mr Bolton's testimony would change that. They're in charge of impeachment, as you know.

"The House has concluded its constitutional responsibility by adopting articles of impeachment related to the Ukraine matter".

"If we don't get the articles this week, then we need to take matters in our own hands and change the rules, deem them to be delivered to the Senate so we can start the trial, invite the House over to participate if they would like, if they don't come, dismiss the case and get on with governing the country", Graham told Fox News. Since the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has held the articles and has yet to turn them over to the Senate.

Bolton's willingness aside, his subpoena and testimony are not a given. I believe you should be constrained by the information that those articles are based on. "I think it will be pretty fast", he said of the upcoming Senate trial. "If they wanted to call Bolton, they should have called Bolton", in a reference to the Democrat-controlled House.

Pelosi, 79, has been withholding articles of impeachment from the Senate for weeks because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled he may not call any witnesses.

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Other witnesses have already testified that Mr Bolton was opposed to the aid freeze, and tried to convince Mr Trump to end it.

Yet it's unclear how senators will vote at a later point or demand Bolton's testimony. There is every chance the Senate will not actually ask Mr Bolton to testify.

"There's a lot of factors that are going to make things very hard for Cory", said Floyd Ciruli, a nonpartisan pollster based in Denver. Do we want a real trial? The presidential election year of 2016 was the exception.

McSally dodged questions on whether she would support a Bolton subpoena, saying, "We will work through it". In a series of tweets Monday, GOP PAC 'WinRed' announced it raised $101 million in the second half of 2019, including almost $35 million raised after the House's October 31st vote to begin impeachment proceedings.

Pelosi has refused to submit the articles to the Senate for a trial demanding Republican Senate Majority Leader McConnell of Kentucky to commit to certain parameters for proceedings pushed by Democrats before continuing with the process. Do we want to see the documents?

She added, "The Senate can not be complicit in the President's cover-up".

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