Letter to the Editor
January 10, 2020
Re: Neal K. Katyal and George T. Conway III, Why Is Mitch McConnell So Afraid of John Bolton?, The New York Times (Jan. 7, 2020), <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/07/opinion/john-bolton-testify.html>.
Katyal and Conway ask: Why the Republican-led Senate and its leadership have expressed an unwillingness to call John Bolton as a witness in the yet-to-be-held impeachment inquiry? But the better question remains why the Democratic-led House has not done that very thing. Because impeachment proceedings have not yet begun, there is still an opportunity for the House’s would-be impeachment managers to call Bolton as a witness and to add his testimony to the record which (one anticipates) will be sent to the Senate. If the Democratic-controlled House is unwilling to exercise its subpoena powers, then there is no cause to fault the Republican-controlled Senate.
It has always been the House’s duty to establish a complete record justifying its decision to impeach the President.
Seth Barrett Tillman
Seth Barrett Tillman, Letter to the Editor (submitted only), Responding to Neal K. Katyal and George T. Conway III, Why Is Mitch McConnell So Afraid of John Bolton?, New Reform Club (Jan. 10, 2020, 5:52 AM), <https://reformclub.blogspot.com/2020/01/letter-to-editor-submitted-only.html>;