U.S. media: White House warns Bolton over his book

U.S. media: White House warns Bolton over his book

U.S. media: White House warns Bolton over his book

U.S. President Donald Trump unleashed his sharpest attack yet on John Bolton after his former national security adviser depicted Trump as playing a central role in a politically motivated pressure campaign on Ukraine, as the U.S. Senate prepared on Wednesday to enter a new phase in the president's impeachment trial.

The National Security Council said after preliminary review of the manuscript - a vetting process applied to any White House employees writing books - that it contained "significant amounts of classified information". This comes after the White House issued a formal threat to keep him from publishing his book, "The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir", sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the chief House prosecutor, said there was no way to have a complete trial without documents or witnesses.

As a member of the Trump administration, Bolton took aggressive stances on US relations with Venezuela, Afghanistan and other countries.

"There is no way in the world President Trump would say this to John Bolton", Giuliani tweeted.

Pat Philbin, the deputy White House counsel, said inviting new witnesses into the trial would create a unsafe precedent and leave the Senate "effectively paralyzed for months on end" because it would have to do investigative work the House never did.

Bolton alleges Trump asked him to call Zelenskiy to "ensure Mr. Zelenskiy would meet with Mr. Giuliani, who was planning a trip to Ukraine to discuss the investigations that the president sought", according to the Times' description of the book.

Later Wednesday morning, Trump admonished Bolton as someone who "begged" him for a job and "couldn't get approved for anything since" he couldn't get approved for a United Nations ambassadorship years ago.

U.S. media reported that the closed door meeting with Republican senators on Tuesday, Republican leader Mitch McConnell said he did not have enough votes to witness the block, but senior Republicans who later said they were sure to secure the vote.

In a letter addressed to an NSC official, dated January 24, Charles Cooper, the former national security adviser's attorney, challenged the NSC's assessment by noting that Bolton may be called to testify soon.

"In my capacity as personal counsel to President Trump and with his knowledge and consent, I request a meeting with you on this upcoming Monday, May 13th or Tuesday, May 14th", Giuliani wrote in the May 10 letter, which was turned over to House investigators by Lev Parnas, an indicted former associate of Giuliani.

On Friday, senators will hold a key vote on whether or not to allow witnesses in the trial. A day earlier, Trump's impeachment legal defence team told reporters that they were not concerned about the possibility of Bolton testifying in the impeachment trial.

What the White House say?

The letter, signed by Ellen Knight, the senior director for records, access and information security management, said Bolton's manuscript was still being studied. Trump has said he fired Bolton.

The three questions were asked by the Republicans because the Democrats mainly addressed their questions to managers of the House. "This institution will be effectively paralyzed for months on end", he said.

Twice, Trump's lawyers have struggled to distinguish how the president's obsession with investigating Joe Biden could be dissociated from the political advantage of sullying a potential electoral opponent.

The manuscript is said to contain an account of the president directly informed Mr Bolton that he would withhold USA military aid to Ukraine to pressure Ukraine to help him win the 2020 USA elections.

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