Susan Rice, who served as former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, shared a stage with former national security adviser John Bolton on Wednesday where she called him out to his face for failing to testify during Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.
“I can’t imagine withholding my testimony with or without a subpoena,” Rice said, according to The Guardian. “I would feel like I was shamefully violating the oath that I took to defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.”
Bolton refused to testify during the House impeachment inquiry but claimed that he would testify during the Senate trial if he was subpoenaed. Republicans refused to give Bolton a chance.
“I said I would testify if subpoenaed,” Bolton told Rice. “My position is exactly the same as Joe Biden.”
Rice fired back.
“Except Joe Biden didn’t have firsthand knowledge about what transpired with Ukraine,” she said.
“When I was the sitting national security advisor in 2016, I was called to testify in front of the House select committee about Benghazi,” Rice said. “The last thing I wanted to do was take time away from my duty as national security adviser. But I did so voluntarily, I wasn’t subpoenaed.”
The university did not Livestream the event or post audio of the exchange online, but the Vanderbilt Hustler student newspaper reported on the exchange, in addition to other reporters in attendance.