Trump's legal team to wrap Senate trial arguments, questions over witnesses remain

Trump's legal team to wrap Senate trial arguments, questions over witnesses remain

Trump's legal team to wrap Senate trial arguments, questions over witnesses remain

In a book manuscript, some details of which were reported by The New York Times on Sunday, Mr. Bolton had said that Mr. Trump asked him to continue freezing $391 in military aid to Ukraine pending Ukraine announcing investigations that were politically advantageous to Mr. Trump.

The House of Representatives impeached the president in December based on two articles - abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Even if the former adviser wasn't behind it, Rall explained that it's hard to keep a piece that may contain sought-after information under wraps for a long period of time, considering how many hands it may go through during the production process.

"But I want to be clear on this, because there's a lot of speculation out there".

The Trump defense team engaged in lengthy presentations on largely irrelevant topics.

"While the Department of Justice has not reviewed Mr. Bolton's manuscript, the New York Times account of his conversation grossly mischaracterizes what Attorney General Barr and Bolton discussed", Sekulow said.

"The problem with John is that it's a national security problem".

Republican Senator John Cornyn, who has supported Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plan to quickly end the trial, said the question of witnesses is "up in the air".

The Lincoln Project is asking all senators to uphold their oath of office.

Senator Ted Cruz, a staunch defender of Mr Trump, said the Bolton book would not "impact the legal issue before this Senate".

President Trump has repeatedly branded the impeachment proceedings a "witch hunt".

A vote is expected by Friday on whether to open the trial to new witnesses and evidence. Hawley is among those lawmakers, giving new reasoning to his anti-Bolton argument Monday by questioning whether Bolton even was a firsthand witness to Trump's alleged crimes. Romney said, "I think it's increasingly likely that other Republicans will join those of us who think we should hear from John Bolton".

"Nothing in the Bolton revelations, even if true, would rise to the level of an abuse of power or an impeachable offense", he said.

Lankford on Monday said on Facebook that senators should be given access to the Bolton manuscript and he also urged Bolton to speak publicly about the matter, The Oklahoman reported.

"I encourage John to do that, without involving the trial", he declared. Still, several Republicans said the revelation in his yet-to-be published book that Trump directly linked aid for Ukraine to politically motivated investigations raised questions that should be answered.

The de facto alliance between the Democratic leadership and Bolton-a notorious advocate of the 2003 invasion of Iraq and a fervent supporter of war with Iran-only underscores the deeply reactionary character of the impeachment effort against Trump.

In November, a group of Republican senators, including Lindsey Graham, Mike Lee, Ron Johnson, Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton, and John Kennedy (of Louisiana, no relation to the Massachusetts Kennedys) went to the White House to meet with Pat Cipollone, Trump's White House lawyer, Mick Mulvaney, Jared Kushner, Kellyanne Conway and others. "That's politics, unfortunately. And Hamilton put impeachment in the hands of this body, the Senate, precisely and specifically to be above that fray".

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