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In a surprising report, the Democrat’s chances of subpoenaing John Bolton seem to be shrinking.
According to The Hill:
The Democratic push to haul former national security adviser John Bolton before the House has fizzled out roughly a month after the Senate acquitted President Trump.
Bolton had emerged as an alluring figure in the Democrats’ Ukraine investigation following revelations that his forthcoming book includes firsthand accounts that Trump withheld security aid to Kyiv to secure political favors — the crux of the Democrats’ impeachment case.
After Senate Republicans refused Bolton’s offer to testify in January, Democratic leaders floated the idea of reclaiming the baton and issuing their own subpoena to compel his appearance before the House — a strategy still being mulled by party leaders.
Yet in interviews with almost 20 Democratic lawmakers on the committees with jurisdiction over Trump’s Ukraine dealings, the predominant view is that “impeachment fatigue” has dulled the appetite for Bolton’s participation, in the words of one lawmaker. Instead, the months-long Ukraine saga has given way to the 2020 campaign season — and many Democrats are only happy to shift the focus to health care, wages and other bread-and-butter issues that won them control of the House in the 2018 midterms.
Democrats have a growing consensus that continuing the impeachment crusade will increase Trump’s chances of getting re-elected in November.
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