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Bolton book revelations roil Trump impeachment trial

Bolton book revelations roil Trump impeachment trial

AFP
Washington
White House lawyers were to resume their defense of President Donald Trump at his Senate impeachment trial Monday as explosive revelations from former national security advisor John Bolton increased pressure on Republicans to call him as a witness.
Trump lashed out at Bolton on Twitter, denying he had ever told his former aide that military assistance to Ukraine was tied to Kiev investigating his political rival Joe Biden.
According to The New York Times, Bolton makes the bombshell allegation -- which is at the heart of the impeachment case against the president -- in a draft of his upcoming book.
“I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens,” Trump said. “In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination. If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book.”
Speaking later to reporters, Trump said he had not yet seen the manuscript, which was submitted to the White House for security clearance.
The Bolton revelations came as White House lawyers prepared to resume their defence of the president in the Senate at 1:00 pm (1800 GMT).