As the Q-and-A phase of President Trump’s impeachment trial begins, Minnesota Senator Tina Smith is pushing for testimony by former National Security Advisor John Bolton — Smith tweeting that first among her questions is, why are the President’s lawyers opposed to witnesses and documents? Lead House impeachment manager, Congressman Adam Schiff urged Republican senators, “Don’t wait for the book. Don’t wait ’til March 17th, when it is in black and white, to find out the answer to your question.” The president’s deputy counsel, Patrick Philbin responded, “If there are going to be witnesses,… they [Democrats] said fair trial, fair adjudication — then the president would have to have his opportunity to call his witnesses.”
Philbin says the House didn’t even try to subpoena Bolton. Schiff responds Bolton refused to testify and his lawyers said he’d sue if the House subpoenaed him.