In response to the NY Times report about the contents of former national security adviser John Bolton’s new book, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made the claim that “we’re all staring a White House cover-up in the face.”
At least 2 Republican Senators will likely side with Schumer on wanting to have Bolton testify as a witness.
Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have signaled strongly they will side with Democrats on voting with Democrats on allowing former Trump national security adviser John Bolton to testify, based on new revelations from Bolton’s book.
In addition, Romney expressed confidence other Republicans would join him on wanting to hear from John Bolton , saying “I think it’s increasingly likely that other Republicans will join those of us who think we should hear from John Bolton. Whether there are other witnesses and documents, that’s another matter.”
Yahoo reports Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Monday called the revelation that former national security adviser John Bolton can implicate President Trump directly in the effort to pressure Ukraine by withholding military aid “stunning” evidence that “we’re all staring a White House cover-up in the face.”
Schumer was reacting to a report in the New York Times that Bolton’s forthcoming memoir contains an account of an August 2019 conversation in which Trump told him he wanted military aid to Ukraine frozen until that country’s government announced investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. The withholding of aid from Ukraine and the White House’s alleged attempts to cover it up constitute the two impeachment charges against the president.
The manuscript of the book, which is scheduled for publication in March, was circulated among officials at the National Security Council for security vetting. The Times said it had spoken to “multiple people” with knowledge of its contents.
“This is stunning,” Schumer said in a press conference on Capitol Hill. “It goes right to the heart of the charges against the president. Ambassador Bolton essentially confirms the president committed the offenses charged in the first article of impeachment.”
Numerous witnesses in the House inquiry outlined what they described as orchestrated pressure by the administration to get Ukraine to announce the investigation into the former vice president, who is a leading candidate for the Democratic nomination to oppose Trump for reelection — an effort Bolton reportedly likened to a “drug deal.” But the testimony directly implicating the president was mostly second-hand, a key point in Trump’s defense.
House Democrats approved two articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — against Trump. The Republican-controlled Senate voted to take up the matter, but blocked attempts by Schumer and Democrats to call witnesses, deferring any decision until near the end of the trial.
Bolton said he would be willing to testify if called by the Senate.
“We have a witness who has firsthand evidence of the president’s actions for which he is on trial,” Schumer continued. “He is ready and willing to testify. How can Senate Republicans not vote to call that witness and request his documents? Anyone who says the House case lacks eyewitnesses and then votes to prevent eyewitnesses from testifying is talking out of both sides of their mouth.”