The latest on President Trump's impeachment

By Veronica Rocha, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 8:48 PM ET, Mon January 6, 2020
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2:57 p.m. ET, January 6, 2020

GOP senator explains why he'd vote against a Bolton subpoena

From CNN's Manu Raju 

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Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

Sen. Marco Rubio, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN he would not vote for a subpoena of former White House national security adviser John Bolton because he said that it was the House of Representative’s job to get his testimony.

“I wouldn’t because... I believe you should be constrained by the information that those articles are based on," he said. "If the House wants to start a new impeachment inquiry or pull it back and add additional elements to it, that’s their choice to make."

What this is about: Bolton said today that he is willing to testify — if he is subpoenaed — in the Senate's impeachment trial.

The House sought his testimony but ultimately never subpoenaed Bolton, and Democrats withdrew their subpoena for his former deputy after it was challenged in court, as Democrats wanted to move forward with their impeachment probe and not wait for the court's decision.

Bolton is potentially a crucial witness, as he had firsthand knowledge of many of the events that formed the House's impeachment of the President over his dealings with Ukraine.

2:52 p.m. ET, January 6, 2020

Republican senator introduces resolution to dismiss impeachment articles

From CNN's Clare Foran

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Sen. Josh Hawley’s office announced today that the Missouri Republican has “introduced a resolution to update Senate rules to allow a motion to dismiss articles of impeachment for lack of prosecution” in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s withholding of the articles of impeachment from the Senate.

Ten Senate Republicans are co-sponsoring the resolution, including Sens. Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton, Joni Ernst and Jim Inhofe.

Remember: As CNN's Phil Mattingly noted this morning, any resolution that would require the chamber to go around the standing impeachment rules is not going to be pursued by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

2:08 p.m. ET, January 6, 2020

Bolton announcement unlikely to affect McConnell strategy, sources say

From CNN's Manu Raju and Phil Mattingly

The news that John Bolton is willing to testify is unlikely to change Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s strategy over President Trump’s impeachment trial, according to multiple GOP sources familiar with the matter.

McConnell has rejected Democratic demands to require that the ground rules of the trial should include testimony of Bolton and three other witnesses, along with documents withheld by the White House. He says such decisions about witnesses and documents should be made after opening arguments, though Democrats fear that’s an attempt to prevent any witnesses from testifying at all.

Several GOP sources familiar with the matter say that Bolton’s announcement will not sway McConnell. “Not at all,” one source said.

McConnell plans to reiterate his view to Senate Republicans during a closed-door lunch on Tuesday, a source said.

Ultimately, issuing a subpoena for Bolton would require 51 votes in the Senate, meaning at least four Republicans would have to join 47 Democrats.

1:45 p.m. ET, January 6, 2020

Pelosi on Bolton announcement: "The Senate cannot be complicit in the President's cover-up"

From CNN's Haley Byrd

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded on Twitter to John Bolton's statement that he is prepared to testify in the Senate — if subpoenaed. 

"The Senate cannot be complicit in the President's cover-up," she wrote. 

1:41 p.m. ET, January 6, 2020

Schiff calls on Senate to let Bolton testify

House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff tweeted the Senate must allow John Bolton to testify at the upcoming impeachment trial.

Bolton, President Trump's former national security adviser, announced earlier today that he is willing to do so if he is subpoenaed.

"The Senate must allow testimony from him, Mulvaney and others. The coverup must end," Schiff wrote.

1:36 p.m. ET, January 6, 2020

McConnell will speak about impeachment today on the Senate floor

From CNN Ted Barrett

Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will speak about impeachment at 3 p.m. ET on the Senate floor, according to an aide.

The aide would not say if he would comment on John Bolton's announcement that he is willing to testify — if he is subpoenaed.

1:20 p.m. ET, January 6, 2020

Two Senate GOP aides downplay Bolton announcement

From CNN's Betsy Klein

Two Senate Republican aides are downplaying the significance of John Bolton’s announcement that he's willing to testify in the Senate impeachment trial if he's subpoenaed.

“Not really news that will make a difference,” one of the aides told CNN. “Witnesses aren’t happening. Democrats have zero leverage and we feel zero pressure to listen to their demands.”

Another speculated Bolton is trying to drum up sales for his forthcoming book.

1:10 p.m. ET, January 6, 2020

Giuliani on Bolton's decision to testify: "I don't know what he would say"

From CNN's Mike Warren

President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is reacting to former national security adviser John Bolton's announcement that he's willing to testify at the Senate impeachment trial if subpoenaed.

"I don't know what he would say,” Giuliani said when asked about any concerns about Bolton testifying. 

Giuliani, who spoke to CNN at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, said everything he did was known by the State Department

On testimony that Bolton had been critical of him, Giuliani said, "He never said anything to me. Maybe he's a bit passive aggressive."

Giuliani is in town meeting with clients and does not currently have plans to meet with the President this week, he said.

12:59 p.m. ET, January 6, 2020

Bolton called McConnell (but not the White House) before announcing he'd testify

From CNN's Kylie Atwood

Former White House national security adviser John Bolton left a message with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell before he put out this statement, in order to give him a heads up that it was coming, a source familiar tells CNN. 

The White House was not informed that this statement was coming. 

This comes after Bolton was both surprised and curious that he had not been subpoenaed by the House, the source said. There had been mounting criticism that he wanted to hold off on sharing what he knew about the withholding of aid to Ukraine for his book. 

It is unclear what specifically triggered him to put out this statement right now. 

It is also unclear what Bolton will do if the White House tries to block hist testimony, or parts of it, the source said, but the statement speaks for itself in that he is prepared to provide testimony.