Democrats call for Bolton to testify in impeachment trial

Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said senators should not pry the trial wide open to new evidence in light of the New York Times' reporting on Bolton's book manuscript that says Trump explicitly linked a hold on Ukraine aid to an investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden. House Democrats have argued that Bolton and others in the Trump administration should be compelled to testify in the impeachment trial.

According to the book manuscript excerpts made public, Bolton wrote that he had discussions with Trump in which the president insisted he would not allow a resumption of military aid to Ukraine until the Ukrainian government agreed to announce a corruption investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden, as well as an investigation into White House claims that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 U.S. election in an attempt to promote the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.

Rall told hosts Brian Becker and John Kiriakou that it's not a surprise that an excerpt of Bolton's book was leaked to the New York Times and became public knowledge following the publishing of an article on Sunday.

Democrats said Mr Trump used the aid to a vulnerable ally facing Russian aggression as leverage to get a foreign country to help him smear a domestic political rival.

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Graham warned Democrats that Republicans would want to call a lot of witnesses.

The idea that there are actual "moderate Republicans" like Dwight Eisenhower, Nelson Rockefeller, George H W Bush, or even John McCain, is a fantasy.

On Monday, other members of Trump's defense team, which includes former Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr, Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz, White House counsel Pat Cipollone, former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, and Trump attorney Eric Herschmann assisted in defending the president in front of the Senate.

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"I said, whatever you do - and we were still in the process of trying to find someone to take my place - I said whatever you do, don't hire a 'yes man, ' someone who won't tell you the truth - don't do that", Kelly said at the time.

That would certainly be the case for Bolton, whose 528-page insider tell-all, "The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir", is scheduled to hit bookshelves on March 17. The book has made it harder for GOP senators to ignore Bolton and have amped up calls from Democrats to demand witnesses.

"I'd expect both Ambassador Bolton and the publisher would use every tool available to resist it", Armstrong said.

The Times, in an editorial published Monday night, gloated over the success of its carefully timed political bombshell directed against Trump.

Over the course of the day, Trump's lawyers mounted a multi-faceted defense of the President that kept in line with what they had signaled their strategy would be during what they called a two-hour "preview" in their first appearance over the weekend.

"The president's lawyers spent about two hours trashing the Bidens", said Representative Adam Schiff, the lead House impeachment prosecutor. "Will they be supporting Vice President Biden at this point?"

At times on Monday, Starr sounded nearly apologetic for the impeachment of Clinton.

  • Sonia Alvarado