A Fox News guest suggested calling former President Barack Obama to testify in his successor’s impeachment trial.
David Avella, chairman of the GOPPAC organization, appeared Monday morning on “America’s Newsroom” to address claims by former national security adviser John Bolton, who said in his upcoming book that President Donald Trump explicitly tied Ukraine aid to an investigation of Joe Biden.
Republican senators were reportedly blindsided by the revelations, which the White House knew about last month, and are signaling they may call Bolton to testify during the trial — but Avella warned that would come at a cost to Democrats.
“Name another jury in America that gets to pick the process,” Avella said. “Senators are going to get to pick whether they witnesses or not. Let’s just say this — if they do, President Obama, Andrew McCabe, the whistleblower, (Rep. Adam) Schiff, all better clear their schedules, because they ought to be asked to testify.”
Avella did not offer an explanation for calling Obama to testify or suggest what relevant information he might have about Trump’s impeachment.
Fox Guest: If the Senate votes for witnesses President Obama “better clear his schedule” 🤔
“Let’s just say this, if they do [have witnesses], President Obama, McCabe, Strzok, the whistleblower, Schiff, all better clear their schedules. Cause they ought to be asked to testify.” pic.twitter.com/HBwLwnoRbf
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) January 27, 2020
Coronavirus epidemic surges in South Korea as cases exceed 3,000
South Korea confirmed 813 more coronavirus cases on Saturday, the biggest increase to date for the country, taking the national total to 3,150 infections with four additional deaths.
Authorities also reported the country’s first case of reinfection – a 73-year-old woman who tested positive for a second time after her recovery and release from hospital last week.
The illness recurred “as her immune system had declined”, said Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) official Kwon Jun-wook.
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Never Trumpers fear for their safety if they dare attend CPAC: report
On Saturday, Politico profiled a handful of longtime conservatives who have criticized President Donald Trump — and the general consensus was that they feared hostility at this year's annual Conservative Political Action Conference.
One such figure was former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), a Tea Party darling who has since attacked Trump for undermining the rule of law, and briefly mounted a presidential primary challenge. He attended CPAC as a guest of comedian Trevor Noah, and attendees who saw him seemed conflicted. "Torn between catching up with an old colleague and being singled out by observers as talking to a Trump foe, they split the difference — and instead kept asking him how his wife was doing," wrote Tina Nguyen.