‘Bombshell’ or nothing to see here? Dems clamor for Bolton impeachment testimony as manuscript claims Trump-Ukraine quid-pro-quo
Ex-National Security Adviser John Bolton’s book claims Donald Trump admitted a Ukraine quid-pro-quo, prompting Democrats to declare it’s game-over for the US president, as his supporters dismiss it as yet another nothingburger.
Democrats have renewed their demands for Bolton to testify in the Senate impeachment trial after a manuscript of the inveterate hawk’s new tell-all book on his time in the White House asserted Trump had told Bolton the administration should keep sitting on $391 million in military aid to Ukraine until Kiev reopened an investigation of Burisma Holdings, the natural gas firm tied to former vice president and Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden’s son.
...transcripts of my calls with President Zelensky are all the proof that is needed, in addition to the fact that President Zelensky & the Foreign Minister of Ukraine said there was no pressure and no problems. Additionally, I met with President Zelensky at the United Nations...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2020
Trump has flatly denied the claim, accusing his former security council chief of lying to sell books and observing that Bolton “never complained about this at the time of his very public termination” in a tweet on Monday. The president reminded his detractors that he “released the military aid to Ukraine without any conditions or investigations - and far ahead of schedule” and begged them, once again, to read the transcripts of his calls with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham implied there had been some kind of setup as regards the supposed ‘reveal’, telling Fox News on Monday that “the timing of all of this is very, very suspect” and backing up Trump’s denials. Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani stuck the knife in further, snarking “No wonder [Bolton] accomplished so little as National Security Advisor.”
.@LouDobbs There is no way in the world President Trump would say this to John Bolton. It’s a shame that a man will sacrifice his integrity to make a few bucks on a book. No wonder he accomplished so little as National Security Advisor.— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) January 27, 2020
But Democrats are insisting Bolton be subpoenaed to testify, despite the two parties having so far failed to reach an agreement over whether additional witnesses can be called. While House Democrats asked Bolton to testify back in November; the request was voluntary and they decided against subpoenaing him when his lawyers claimed he would fight the move in court. After the House voted to impeach, however, Bolton let it be known that he was “prepared to testify” — should the Senate subpoena him.
Longtime presidential nemesis Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said it was “important to hear from Bolton,” suggesting it was “increasingly likely” that enough Republicans would vote in favor of calling him as a witness and claiming to have spoken to others in the party. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) was more cautious in her support for calling Bolton to the stand, saying she was always “likely to vote to call witnesses” in an impeachment trial. Even Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), typically loyal to the president, hinted he might support calling Bolton to the stand — if he could see what was in the manuscript first.
The usual suspects came out of the woodwork to cheer on Bolton and any potential Republican defectors, with Democrats insisting the manuscript leak had their case new life.
A trial that doesn't allow testimony from material witnesses isn't a trial at all. It's a cover-up.Your Republican senators need to hear from you today. (202) 224-3121https://t.co/38CGlIXM4G— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 27, 2020
"Today one feels a similar urge to shout...to Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton: Speak for America!...'It’s worse than you can imagine' is what he’s reported to have said privately. Now he needs to help us all imagine."https://t.co/LlNwbZJSvS— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) January 27, 2020
Fox News' Chris Wallace on the Bolton news: "If you want a sense of how big the news is that we've heard in the past 12-14 hours, listen to the Trump supporters...spinning like crazy that it isn't big news and you get a sense that this is really an important development." pic.twitter.com/o5xl6xj09e— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) January 27, 2020
Trump’s supporters had a different take: Bolton (and his backers in the Republican Party) were biting the hand that fed them — all for nothing, because the “revelations” would be just the latest in a series of “bombshells” that turned out to be duds.
Remember when Omarosa's "bombshell" book was going to take down Trump?Remember when Andrew McCabe's "bombshell" book was going to take down Trump?Remember when Jim Comey's "bombshell" book was going to take down Trump?How did those work out?This Bolton book is nothing new— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 27, 2020
After everything @realDonaldTrump has done for this country (at great personal cost!) it is so sad that so many are willing to sell out America, our Constitution, truth, their integrity, and our great President just to score a book deal or 5 minutes of fame.You are the swamp.— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) January 27, 2020
John Bolton is running the exact same revenge playbook against Trump that James Comey used. He’s even using the same agent and leaking to the same reporters. All because he’s mad Trump fired him for leaking and trying to start new wars. It’s so boring and predictable.— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) January 27, 2020
Republican Senator John Barrasso (Wyoming) also insisted there was “nothing new here” in the Bolton manuscript, adding that “the facts of the case remain the same.” He predicted inflammatory information would be coming out “every day” to attempt to influence the proceedings, and confirmed that the Senate would discuss on Friday whether to call additional witnesses.Also on rt.com UkraineGate: MSM believed Biden’s narrative, but documentary reveals ousted prosecutor had 6 cases against Burisma
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