Former National Security Adviser John Bolton's testimony would no longer "have much of an impact" if he were subpoenaed following the conclusion of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, according to Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Newsmax TV.
"John Bolton should have been subpoenaed by the House as part of its inquiry," Collins told Thursday's "Greg Kelly Reports," when asked if she was interested in hearing his testimony. "That was one of the flaws of the House's inquiry. They did not even bother to issue a subpoena to John Bolton; yet, they describe him as being the key witness."
She added later, "at this point it would be interesting to hear what John Bolton has to say, but we're past that stage where it would have much of an impact. To me, the House should have subpoenaed him as part of its initial inquiry."
Collins said she does "view the case as closed," when it comes to the phone call between Trump and the president of Ukraine, which prompted the impeachment proceedings. "The voters this fall will have an opportunity to pass judgment, after all.
"One of the reasons the framers made it so difficult to impeach and convict a president," she added to host Greg Kelly, "is because removing a duly elected president and preventing him from being on the ballot deprives the people of this country from their ability to choose their own leader, and that is possibly the greatest power that the people have in this country."
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