The Senate has declined to call any additional witnesses in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, signaling that the governing body will almost certainly acquit the President in the coming days.
This is ostensibly good news for the embattled White House, who’ve been at the center of a number of shocking allegations over the course of the last few weeks.
First, there was Lev Parnas, the indicated associate of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who went on The Rachel Maddow Show to detail his involvement with the alleged Ukraine extortion scam. Parnas as adamant that President Trump knew exactly what was going on, contradicting the White House’s official stance on the Giuliani matter. Parnas is, of course, awaiting his sentence on charges relating to his work as a foreign agent, casting a pall of desperation over these claims.
Now there’s a new book by former national security adviser John Bolton that allegedly details President Trump’s involvement in a conspiracy to leverage military aid to Ukraine for an investigation into the Biden family.
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New details from this tawdry tome hit the airwaves late on Friday.
More than two months before he asked Ukraine’s president to investigate his political opponents, President Trump directed John R. Bolton, then his national security adviser, to help with his pressure campaign to extract damaging information on Democrats from Ukrainian officials, according to an unpublished manuscript by Mr. Bolton.
Mr. Trump gave the instruction, Mr. Bolton wrote, during an Oval Office conversation in early May that included the acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, the president’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani and the White House counsel, Pat A. Cipollone, who is now leading the president’s impeachment defense.
Mr. Trump told Mr. Bolton to call Volodymyr Zelensky, who had recently won election as president of Ukraine, to ensure Mr. Zelensky would meet with Mr. Giuliani, who was planning a trip to Ukraine to discuss the investigations that the president sought, in Mr. Bolton’s account. Mr. Bolton never made the call, he wrote.
Bolton has publicly stated that he would be amenable to testifying before Congress, just so long as he receives a subpoena to do so.
The Democrats have so far failed to act on that admission, and are likely running out of time to do so.
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