By not delivering the articles of impeachment to the Senate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suddenly looks very smart, or very lucky. Now that former national security adviser John Bolton has said he’s willing to testify at the Senate impeachment trial, it’s suddenly advantage Pelosi. And don’t think she doesn’t know it.
Jennifer Rubin writes in a Washington Post opinion piece:
“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is in the driver’s seat because she wisely held up the articles of impeachment. She can now turn to the Senate and say: Agree upon rules for the trial that guarantee Bolton’s and other key witnesses’ appearance or we will hold on to the articles and subpoena Bolton ourselves.
“…It is now time for all of them, including Bolton, Mulvaney, Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Office of Management and Budget official Michael Duffey (who told the Pentagon to put a hold on Ukraine aid) and White House national security aide Robert Blair, who all have direct knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the effort to extort Ukraine, to do their civic duty and step forward.“