UPDATED 6:10 PM PT — Thursday, January 9, 2020
President Trump has signaled the White House may try to restrict the testimony of former National Security Adviser John Bolton. On Thursday, the president said he would defer to the Senate if Bolton were to testify in the upcoming impeachment trial.
He claimed that “we have to protect presidential privilege,” not just for him, “but for future presidents.”
“To me, for the future, we have to protect presidential privilege,” stated President Trump. “When we start allowing national security advisers to just go up and say whatever they want to say, we can’t do that.”
The president’s remarks came after the former top White House aide said Monday that he would be willing to testify.
I have posted a brief statement regarding testimony on the Ukraine impeachment matter before the Senate at: https://t.co/Q3TwI2BzBp
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) January 6, 2020
Bolton has also spoken out against the new War Powers Resolution, which aims to restrict the president’s military action against Iran.
The 1973 War Powers Resolution is unconstitutional. It reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of how the Constitution allocated foreign affairs authority between the President and Congress. The Resolution should be repealed.
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) January 9, 2020