Trump Denies New York Times Report on John Bolton Book

Trump Denies New York Times Report on John Bolton Book

Trump Denies New York Times Report on John Bolton Book

Senate Republicans thus far have refused to allow any witnesses or new evidence in the trial that will determine whether Trump is removed from office.

Day seven of the impeachment trial begins on January 27 with Trump's defense team expected to continue presenting opening arguments.

His comments come after Bolton wrote in an upcoming book that Trump told him he wanted to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in security aid from Ukraine until that country helped him with investigations into his Democratic rival Joe Biden.

Joe Biden is a frontrunner in the 2020 presidential Democratic race.

Biden is a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to face Trump in the November 3 presidential election.

He confirmed the had sent a copy of the book to the White House on December 30 - 12 days after Mr. Trump was impeached by House Democrats - for review for classified information, adding though that Bolton believed it contained no sensitive in terms of national security data. Hunter Biden worked for a Ukrainian energy firm while his father was vice president.

Bolton described Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who allegedly lead shadow efforts in Ukraine on the president's behalf, as "a hand grenade who's going to blow everyone up", according to Hill.

NPR has not seen a draft of the manuscript and can not vouch for the accuracy of the report on Trump's comments to the former national security adviser. Bolton has said he would give testimony if he's subpoenaed.

"The problem with John is, that it's a national security problem", he told reporters at an impromptu press conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, adding that Bolton "knows some of my thoughts, what I think about leaders - what happens if he reveals what I think about a leader and it's not very positive?" "The reports about John Bolton's book strengthen the case for witnesses and have prompted a number of conversations among my colleagues".

Since the GOP holds a 53-47 majority, at least four Republicans would need to side with Democrats-if every Democrat votes for witnesses-in order for any witnesses to be called.

Schiff later showed a clip of the late Republican Senator John McCain denouncing Russian Federation and hailing the bipartisan USA government policy of supporting the ultra-right government in Ukraine established through a CIA-backed destabilization operation in 2014.

Congressional Republicans denied that Trump's statement was an incitement to violence, when the issue was raised with them on Sunday morning television interview programs.

As the Senate returned for its first full day of 2020 to news that Bolton would honor a subpoena early this month, Republicans in the Capitol were insinuating that Bolton might have ulterior motives for offering to testify, according to the two Republican aides in leadership.

While they are trapped in Washington, Trump will venture outside the capital as he seeks both to exert political retribution on Democrats who impeached him and reward a party-switching lawmaker who backed him in the House. A vote on witnesses will take place.

Before any vote on witnesses, Trump's legal team was to make its case in depth on Monday, turning to several high-profile attorneys to argue against impeachment. And if these Senators don't let witnesses testify, how can they claim any sort of integrity when they face reelection?

Trump has denied wrongdoing and calls the impeachment process a sham.

Many legal scholars reject Dershowitz's arguments, saying the Founding Fathers meant for impeachable offences to incorporate a broad range of conduct by presidents. White House Ukraine adviser Alexander Vindman, who testified against Trump during House proceedings, is not believed to have been involved in the book review. Mr. Trump's team has maintained that the holdup in aid was separate from his requests for an investigation into the Bidens. In that case, the trial could be over before the first of the US presidential party nominating contests takes place in Iowa on February 3 and before Trump is scheduled to deliver the annual State of the Union address to Congress on February 4.

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