Oh, this is going to make it a lot harder for the Senate Republicans to ignore the Bolton bombshell.

Courtesy of the Herald Tribune:

Asked if Bolton – Trump’s former national security adviser – should testify at Trump’s impeachment trial, Kelly said he supports calling witnesses.

President Donald Trump is denying that he told former National Security Adviser John Bolton he wanted to withhold military aid from Ukraine until the country launched investigations into Joe Biden and his son, allegations that Bolton levies in his new book, according to news reports.

But one of Trump’s former top aides told a Sarasota crowd Monday evening that if the reporting on what Bolton wrote is accurate, he believes Bolton.

“If John Bolton says that in the book I believe John Bolton,” said retired Gen. John Kelly, who served as Trump’s chief of staff for 18 months.

Kelly spoke Monday at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall as part of the Ringling College Library Association Town Hall lecture series. The general worked with Bolton during his time as chief of staff, which ended in early 2019. Kelly said Bolton is an honest person.

“Every single time I was with him … he always gave the president the unvarnished truth,” Kelly said of Bolton, who has become a figure of intense interest in the impeachment inquiry.

Actually this is not only going to reinforce the need for Republicans to call John Bolton to testify at the impeachment trial, but also suggests that they may need to call John Kelly as well. 

If they refuse to call any witnesses as this point everybody will know that the fix is in.