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Bolton’s offer to testify puts new pressure on Mitch McConnell — and could prove damning to Trump

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (screengrab)

Former national security adviser John Bolton has announced he would be willing to testify at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial if the Senate issued him a subpoena.

Bolton declined to say what he would tell the Senate about Trump’s pressure campaign against Ukraine, but former White House officials and sources close to Bolton said the testimony could be damning and put new pressure on GOP senators to convict him, reported the New York Times.

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Democrats have demanded additional testimony from aides blocked by the White House from appearing before the House impeachment inquiry, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi has refused to send over the articles of impeachment until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agrees to hold a fair trial.

Bolton’s announcement puts additional pressure on McConnell to call witnesses at the trial instead of rushing it through to protect the president.

It’s not clear how the White House will respond, but Bolton’s statement indicates he would testify even if Trump objected.


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WATCH: Van Jones delivers epic lecture on CNN after Trump ‘refused to condemn white supremacy’

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CNN political analyst Van Jones tore into Donald Trump after the president's highly controversial decision to repeatedly refuse to condemn white supremacy at the first 2020 general election debate.

"Only three things happened for me tonight," Jone said.

"Number one, Donald Trump refused to condemn white supremacy," he explained.

"Number two, the president of the United States refused to condemn white supremacy," he continued.

"Number three, the commander-in-chief refused to condemn white supremacy on the global stage -- in front of my children, in front of everybody's families -- and he was given the opportunity multiple times to condemn white supremacy," Jones said.

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Jake Tapper stunned by Trump’s debate: ‘That was a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck’

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CNN Jake Tapper reacted in shock on Tuesday following the first presidential debate between Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.

"That was a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck," Tapper said. "That was the worst debate I have ever seen. In fact, it wasn't even a debate. It was a disgrace."

"And it's primarily because of President Trump," he remarked, "who spent the entire time interrupting, not abiding by the rules that he agreed to, lying, maliciously attacking the son of the vice president. When asked to condemn white supremacists, he brought up the name of a neo-fascist, far-right group and said, 'Stand back and stand by.'"

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Trump causes widespread shock by refusing to call out white supremacy at first 2020 debate

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President Donald Trump was asked to call out white supremacy during the first 2020 general election presidential debate -- and refused to do so.

Instead of calling out white supremacists, Trump instead said, “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by!”

Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's views on racism:

https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1311133473437085698

https://twitter.com/MichaelEHayden/status/1311133700344737794

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