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President Trump’s defense team ended its arguments in his Senate trial Tuesday by broadly dismissing the elephant in the room: a leaked firsthand account from John Bolton, the former national security advisor, that the president directly tied aid to Ukraine to his demands for the country to investigate political rival Joe Biden.
That revelation, which emerged Sunday from a draft of Bolton’s upcoming book, has undercut the president’s defense and splintered Republicans as the trial heads into a crucial stage. On Wednesday senators are planning to start their public questioning of both the defense team and the Democratic House impeachment managers, with key votes on whether to call witnesses perhaps by the end of the week.
The article goes on to state the following:
After initially sidestepping the Bolton reports in their arguments Monday, Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow urged the Senate on Tuesday to examine the case on the merits of the arguments and to ignore the recent reports about Bolton.
Sekulow said impeachment “is not a game of leaks and unsourced manuscripts. That is politics, unfortunately.”
Sekulow said impeachment was placed in the hands of the Senate “precisely and specifically, to be above that fray.”
The allegations attributed to Bolton have caused several mostly moderate Republicans to lean more toward calling witnesses.
Even Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who is opposed to calling witnesses, supported a proposal by Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) to make Bolton’s manuscript available for senators to read in a classified setting.
Some reports say Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has rejected the idea.
Chuck Schumer just rejected a request to review John Bolton’s book manuscript in a Capitol SCIF
“There’s no need for it be read in the SCIF unless you want to hide something,”
Adam Schiff held all his impeachment hearings in a SCIF
So what was he trying to hide?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 28, 2020
GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted:
“Democrats in Congress can’t hide from their past statements blasting impeachment.
“”If you look to the words from the past…they were right then, and they are right now.’
“Fantastic closing by Cipollone!”
Democrats in Congress can’t hide from their past statements blasting impeachment.
“If you look to the words from the past…they were right then, and they are right now.”
Fantastic closing by Cipollone!pic.twitter.com/Ao0Q1xgTBV
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) January 28, 2020
Trump War Room tweeted:
“Democrats said ‘[Impeachment] was so significant. The country was in such jeopardy. The jeopardy was so serious that it had to be done immediately.’
“So, why did Democrats hold the Articles of Impeachment for 33 days?”
Democrats said “[Impeachment] was so significant. The country was in such jeopardy. The jeopardy was so serious that it had to be done immediately.”
So, why did Democrats hold the Articles of Impeachment for 33 days? pic.twitter.com/iR5OhQiAJ3
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) January 28, 2020
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