The House Intelligence Committee will make a decision on whether to subpoena former national security adviser John Bolton “over the next couple of weeks,” a leading lawyer for the panel said on Thursday.
“I suspect that there will be some resolution to that over the next couple of weeks,” said Daniel Goldman, a longtime prosecutor who served as majority counsel during President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry in the House, questioning witnesses during the Intelligence Committee’s public hearings last year.
Goldman made the comment in an interview with former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who he served under as assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York, on his podcast, “Stay Tuned with Preet.”
Democrats have sought Bolton’s testimony on allegations that Trump abused his power by pressuring the president of Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Goldman said that during the Senate impeachment trial, House managers decided to lay out their case over 21 hours because senators had been “popping in, popping out” of the proceedings.
"We obviously didn't need that much time if we were speaking to a captive jury that was sitting there, forced to sit there and listened to everything," he said.
"The other part is that we wanted to tell the story in multiple different ways," Goldman added. “Chairman Schiff had an introduction of about two hours' long, which was a short summary of the case, relatively short. We did a factual narrative or a chronological argument, I should say, explaining how the story unfolded and at every step of the way ... Then, we attacked the analysis, the argument where why was this an abuse of power and what were the aspects of it that were an abuse of power? Most importantly, we took on a lot of the defenses in the context of making the argument."
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