BREAKING: Trump Refutes Bolton’s Ukraine Account that is Being Touted By Democrats

President Trump took to Twitter Sunday night to respond to a new NY Times report that John Bolton’s new book accuses Trump of refusing to release nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine unless the country pursued investigations into the Bidens.

Chuck Schumer tweeted “The @NYTimes report suggests multiple top Trump Admin officials knew the facts and deliberately misled Congress and the American people. A massive White House cover-up. All we need is four Republican Senators to get the truth.”

Trump tweeted:

I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens. 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. With that being said, the…

…transcripts of my calls with President Zelensky are all the proof that is needed, in addition to the fact that President Zelensky & the Foreign Minister of Ukraine said there was no pressure and no problems. Additionally, I met with President Zelensky at the United Nations…

…(Democrats said I never met) and released the military aid to Ukraine without any conditions or investigations – and far ahead of schedule. I also allowed Ukraine to purchase Javelin anti-tank missiles. My Administration has done far more than the previous Administration.

CBS reports as President Trump’s attorneys prepare to resume defense arguments in the Senate impeachment trial Monday afternoon, new revelations about the president’s attempts to pressure Ukraine could throw a wrench in Republicans’ plans to vote on acquittal as early as this week.

On Sunday, The New York Times reported former national security adviser John Bolton wrote in a manuscript of his upcoming book that Mr. Trump explicitly refused to release nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine in 2019 unless the country pursued investigations into his political rivals, including the Bidens. The Times reported Bolton had submitted the manuscript to the White House for a standard prepublication review for classified information.

Bolton’s manuscript, according to The Times, also includes new revelations about other administration officials and what they knew of the scheme to pressure Ukraine, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. CBS News has not seen the manuscript, but two senior administration officials said the White House has been aware of Bolton’s manuscript for weeks.

Bolton’s reported accusations directly contradict the argument put forward by Mr. Trump’s attorneys in his Senate trial, namely that there was no connection between the delay in aid and the president’s requests for investigations. Bolton would be the first official to testify that the president personally connected the two issues.

The president denied Bolton’s account in a late-night tweet, saying he never told Bolton the aid was tied to investigations.

Democrats who have been pushing the Senate to vote to allow witnesses in the president’s trial immediately seized on the report to urge Republican senators to join them in supporting a subpoena for Bolton, who has said he’s willing to testify. A vote on whether to consider new witnesses is likely to come later in the week, after the president’s legal team finishes presenting its arguments and following a period of written questions.