Parliamentarian Nancy Pelosi on Sunday did not rule out summoning witnesses for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, depending on whether the Senate follows up testimony for his trial. Mr Bolton has said he would appear before the Senate if he received a subpoena.
"Hear ye! All persons are commanded to keep silent, on pain of imprisonment, while the Senate of the United States is sitting for the trial of the articles of impeachment", proclaimed James Ziglar, who was the Senate sergeant at arms at the time.
The almost month-long delay in sending over the charges, according to Pelosi, accomplished the goal of getting the U.S. public to see the need for calling witnesses in the trial after Trump's administration blocked some current and former officials from cooperating in the House impeachment inquiry.
Co-host Abby Huntsman said, "Do you worry that if you open the door to witnesses like John Bolton that Republicans -we're talking about a fair trial - Republicans are going to call the Bidens, even you to testify".
"In an impeachment trial, every Senator takes an oath to do 'impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws, '" she wrote.
"There's been no factual basis for these allegations against Joe Biden, no factual basis".
In impeachment news, the House of Representatives is expected to vote this week to name their impeachment managers and send the articles of impeachment to the Senate. "That was good enough for President Clinton, so it ought to be good enough for President Trump".
Pelosi had hoped to pressure Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to agree to allow witnesses and new evidence in the trial. Florida GOP Senator Rick Scott said he wanted to hear about the Bidens on Sunday, "and find out - get to the bottom of it". "They may have second thoughts if new witnesses come forward".
Senate Republicans have rallied behind the precedent set during president Bill Clinton's 1999 impeachment trial, in which the case for removal was presented and rebutted before decisions were made about calling witnesses or seeking further evidence.
On Sunday, Pelosi did not rule out during an appearance on ABC's This Week subpoenaing Bolton to testify before the House if the Senate fails to bring him in as a witness.
This past week, McConnell announced that he has the 51 votes required to launch the trial on those terms, and not Pelosi's.
The two articles of impeachment against the president relate to his efforts to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 election by withholding military aid and a White House meeting from Ukraine to encourage the country to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 rival, and his son Hunter Biden.
Once the articles are sent to the Senate there will be a few days of logistical work before the trial will begin.
"Many believe that by the Senate giving credence to a trial" over charges he calls a hoax, Trump tweeted, "rather than an outright dismissal, it gives the partisan Democrat Witch Hunt credibility that it otherwise does not have".
"In the end Nancy, your investigation was a partisan political joke on how to manipulate the truth, then make everyone swear", she said.