Democrats thought they found the smoking gun on impeachment that would lead to Donald Trump’s removal from office.
But in less than 24 hours their hopes completely collapsed.
And Nancy Pelosi was hit with this rude awakening on impeachment that left her in tears.
Democrats jumped for joy when former National Security Advisor John Bolton released a statement announcing he would comply with a subpoena and testify at a Senate impeachment trial.
The Fake News Media trumpeted this development as proof Nancy Pelosi’s scheme to withhold Articles of Impeachment to force Republicans to let Democrats run the impeachment trial bore fruit.
House Democrats refused to pursue a court fight to compel Bolton’s testimony in their impeachment inquiry and Bolton’s statement led many on the Left to salivate over the possibility of Bolton delivering the death blow to the Trump Presidency.
But hours later those hopes were dashed when RINO Senators announced they were sticking with Mitch McConnell’s plan to run Trump’s trial like Bill Clinton’s and only consider witnesses after oral arguments and questions by Senators.
In their bid for a “fair trial,” Democrats were hoping moderate Republicans like Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah will endorse their efforts to bring in Bolton and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to testify at the trial. They also want to subpoena documents related to the Ukraine scandal.
But on Monday, Collins and Murkowski both signaled they wanted to begin the trial first. “I believe that the Senate should follow the precedent that was established in the trial of President Clinton,” Collins said, echoing McConnell’s argument. “I think that we will decide at that stage who we need to hear from.”
Murkowski, when asked about a potential Bolton subpoena, said: “We’ve got to get to the first place first.”
Romney said he was open to hearing testimony from Bolton, but he stopped short of saying he would vote with Democrats to subpoena him. Romney acknowledged Bolton “has firsthand information” on the Ukraine scandal, and “assuming that articles of impeachment reach the Senate, I’d like to hear what he has to say.”
It stuck out like a sore thumb that none of these RINO Republicans went so far as to announce support for subpoenaing Bolton.
As the event progressed, it looked more like Bolton’s statement was put out knowing there was no chance Senate Republicans would call him to testify and to eliminate calls by Democrats that the trial was not “fair.”
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.