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Adam Schiff Says House Won’t Subpoena Bolton Because They’re Not Trying To Out Him As A Hypocrite

Virginia Kruta Associate Editor
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Monday on “The View” that the House had no immediate plans to subpoena former National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Noting that Bolton had only said he would comply with a subpoena from the Senate — and that he had previously stated his intention to fight a subpoena from the House — Schiff added, “Our goal is not to make John Bolton look bad or expose the hypocrisy of that position.”

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Joy Behar asked about Bolton, saying that he had only recently said that he would testify if asked. (RELATED: Joy Behar Names And Shames Democrats Who Voted Against New War Powers Resolution Restraining Trump)

“We are considering whether to subpoena him in the House,” Schiff said, but added that the Senate should really hear from Bolton directly. “It makes little sense to have the house depose John Bolton and then submit that deposition to the Senate.”

Schiff then pointed out his concern that Bolton might still fight a subpoena from the democrat-controlled House as he had threatened to in the past. (RELATED: ‘They Have Already Received Subpoenas’: Trump Jokes That Schiff Called The Turkeys As Witnesses)

“I also have to say that I’m skeptical that Mr. Bolton will appear before the House. He’s refused to in the past,” Schiff explained. “He’s only said he will appear before a Senate subpoena. And yes, we could expose that there’s no constitutional or legal basis to distinguish between a House and Senate subpoena, but our goal is not to make John Bolton look bad or expose the hypocrisy of that position.”