Senate Democrats are reportedly open to having Hunter Biden testify at President Trump’s impeachment trial, provided John Bolton does as well.
Washington Post reports that “a small group of Democratic senators and aides” have thought about proposing the deal if it means they’ll get to hear from White House officials who could offer firsthand witness testimony about the Ukraine scandal. This comes into contrast with other Democrats who’ve dismissed the idea of Biden’s testimony by saying it would be an “irrelevant” distraction that wouldn’t shed any light on the president’s conduct.
From the report:
These Democrats said they believe having Hunter — or possibly Joe Biden — testify could backfire on Trump and the GOP, giving Biden and the party a platform to strike back and paint Republicans and the White House as obsessed with trying to damage one of Trump’s 2020 presidential rivals.
“If you want to give Joe Biden an opportunity to sit in the well of the Senate and answer the question, ‘Do you think the president acted appropriately?’ go right ahead,” said Sen. Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.), a Biden supporter who is close with the family…I can’t imagine a person more comfortable in the well of the Senate than a man who spent 36 years here as a United States senator.”
Democrats remain interested in Bolton’s testimony due to the prospect that he could provide firsthand information on the so-called Ukraine scandal.