During a press conference Tuesday, House impeachment manager said that Democrats would be "ready" if the Senate agrees to allow more witnesses in the impeachment trial. He said he wants to hear from former national security adviser John Bolton, and if Republicans want to go "witness-for-witness" they should call Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and WH Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to dispute Bolton's testimony -- not Hunter Biden.
Republicans want to call former VP Joe Biden's son to prove that the president was justified in asking Ukraine to investigate Biden's son Hunter's business deals in Ukraine.
"Mick Mulvaney has said that he disputes what John Bolton has to say. Let them call Mick Mulvaney," he said. "Let them call Secretary Pompeo. Let them call people that are relevant witnesses to this scandal and this corrupt scheme."
REPORTER: Are you confident enough that the Senate will call witnesses that you are preparing for that -- if so, how? Republicans have raised your name in some of these conversations -- are you yourself prepared to possibly be dragged into this?
REP. ADAM SCHIFF: First, are we preparing? No, we have prepared for John Bolton. We have a lot more work to prepare now that we know more about what he is likely to say. But we were prepared when the time comes. I think at the most crucial is not the skill of his examination or cross-examination, but rather letting the senators evaluate with his credibility and letting him tell his story and not tell it in a book.
Are we really going to require the country to wait until his book comes out to find out information that senators could have used to make the right decision on conviction or acquittal? In terms of these sort of red herrings, well, if we're going to call, "if the House managers want to call relevant witnesses, we want to call irrelevant ones," because want to make them pay a price if we're getting witnesses who were at the heart of this scheme. That's not a game we are interested in playing.
Well, I can tell you what my testimony is. He is guilty and he should be impeached. And I think the idea is, and of certain but this of which are to fall back on when you know just how damaging John Bolton's testimony is going to be. I would say the same of Hunter Biden. If they want a witness-for-witness, then let them call Mick Mulvaney. Mick Mulvaney has said that he disputes what John Bolton has to say. Let them call Mick Mulvaney. Let them call Secretary Pompeo. Let them call people that are relevant witnesses to this scandal and this corrupt scheme. If you want a witness-for-witness, but that's not really what they want. They want a distraction and don't think the senators want to allow the proceeding to turn into a circus.