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If Bolton shows up in the Senate, the real Pandora's Box will open

Yesterday, the impeachment trial of Donald Trump was expected to end on Saturday, February 1. But that wasn't the case — John Bolton's comments to the press could extend the ongoing Senate proceedings for a long time.

Trump's former national security advisor is going to publish a book about the year of work in the presidential administration. Now it is under consideration of the National Security Council of the White House: memoirs are checked for compliance with laws on the protection of classified data.

It is likely that one of the employees of this “audit commission” shared unexpected news with journalists. Bolton says in his book that Trump demanded that he suspend his assistance to Kyiv until the investigation of Ukrainian business schemes of the Biden family is launched there. Bolton also claims that other Trump administration members were aware of the demand and are now only misleading the public.

Bolton's statements, albeit passed on to the press through third hands, have prompted several “moderate” Republican senators to support calls from Democrats to invite him to testify. Mitt Romney and Susan Collins are ready to vote in favor of sending a subpoena to Bolton, but we need at least a few more Republican votes to really get it.

Bolton's appearance in the Senate will open a real “Pandora's Box”: after all, the Republicans will also call those witnesses they have long scared the Democrats with. We are talking about Hunter Biden, Eric Chiaramella (the very “whistler”), his friend Alexander Windman and others. Inviting at least one witness will mean that everyone else will be called up along the chain.

In that case, the Senate hearing may indeed last for many weeks. And that's right at the beginning of the active phase of the Democrats' primary!

It is not surprising that Pete Buttidzic and Joe Biden are the most active supporters of Bolton's challenge at the moment: they are not senators themselves, and they will not have to waste time on hearing in Washington. But their competitors like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren will not have a good time: they can spend the whole of February instead of Iowa and New Hampshire in DC.

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