NYT: Bolton book says Trump tied Ukraine aid to Biden investigations
Whoa, wow. Well, thanks for testifying, John.
President Trump told his national security adviser in August that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens, according to an unpublished manuscript by the former adviser, John R. Bolton.
The president’s statement as described by Mr. Bolton could undercut a key element of his impeachment defense: that the holdup in aid was separate from Mr. Trump’s requests that Ukraine announce investigations into his perceived enemies, including former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter Biden, who had worked for a Ukrainian energy firm while his father was in office.
Mr. Bolton’s explosive account of the matter at the center of Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial, the third in American history, was included in drafts of a manuscript he has circulated in recent weeks to close associates. He also sent a draft to the White House for a standard review process for some current and former administration officials who write books.
Since Republican senators claim they’ve heard nothing new during the Senate impeachment trial, they’ll want to subpoena Bolton ASAP, right? I mean, he’s said he’s amenable.
What’s that, Susan Collins? You’re concerned? Perhaps even “disturbed”?
Seriously, though, how can Republican senators possibly ignore this? (Of course, I’m not naive; I know they will.) I mean, this is at least as explosive as John Dean’s Watergate testimony, and GOP senators somehow couldn’t care less.
They must be punished at the ballot box.
Make it so.
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