The White House on Wednesday objected to the publication of a book written by President Donald Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton that depicts Trump as playing a central role in a pressure campaign on Ukraine, as the Senate impeachment trial entered a new phase. Witnesses are up to the House, not up to the Senate.
On Wednesday, Trump lashed out at Bolton in a flurry of tweets deeming the memoir "nasty & untrue" and alleging that had he heeded Bolton's advice, "we would be in World War Six by now". Democrats need four Republican senators to join them in order to get a majority in the 100-seat Senate.
That revelation has bolstered Democrats' push to call Bolton as a witness in the impeachment trial, in which Trump is accused of abusing his power over his dealings with Ukraine and of obstructing Congress.
Cooper said in a statement to news outlets that the council still hasn't gotten back to him about specifics on the review. It's awesome the frequency with which people allegedly "beg" him: perusing the Trump Twitter Archive, the Republican has claimed that Mitt Romney begged him for a cabinet post, Omarosa Manigault begged him for a job, so did Steve Bannon, Bob Corker begged him for an endorsement, as did John McCain.
The White House told former national security adviser John Bolton that his manuscript included "significant amounts of classified information", according to a January 23 letter made public on January 29.
Bolton served as Trump's national security advisor from April 2018 to September 2019.
"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.
The questioning precedes a crucial vote later in the week on whether to call witnesses including Bolton, as Democrats have sought.
"I think Bolton probably has something to offer us", said Republican senator Lisa Murkowski.
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On Friday they are expected to take up the issue of calling witnesses, which Republicans originally believed they could defeat and bring the trial to a swift close with their 53-47 majority in the Senate.
Trump is accused of cheating in his 2020 reelection effort by pressuring vulnerable ally Ukraine to announce investigations into both Bidens and a spurious conspiracy theory, promoted by Russian Federation, that Kiev helped the Democrats in 2016.
Democrats are clamouring to hear from John Bolton, the former Trump administration national security adviser who writes in a forthcoming book that Trump wanted to withhold military aid from Ukraine until it helped with investigations into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Senators have now started to ask questions to Trump's defense team and House managers who effectively act like prosecutors.
The letter, signed by Ellen Knight, the senior director for records, access and information security management, said Bolton's manuscript was still being studied.
Bush installed Bolton as US ambassador to the United Nations through what is known as a "recess appointment" when the Senate was out of session.
Bolton, who said he had resigned last September, even as Trump said he was sacked, had clashed with the president on a range of issues during his 17-month tenure, including North Korea, Venezuela and Iran.
Rep. Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Wednesday that Bolton told him days after he left the Trump administration that he had concerns about the president's actions in Ukraine.