John Bolton's Testimony Could Spell Trouble For Trump
The Dems have been demanding to have John Bolton as a witness for the impeachment trial. Senators have been arguing back and forth about whether they will have witnesses at all. Bolton and Trump's conversations are supposed to be protected by executive privilege but if Bolton's statements are seen as true and he is allowed to testify before the Senate, Trump could be in trouble.
"This weekend, a report in The New York Times revealed an excerpt from the forthcoming book titled "The Room Where it Happened" – an apparent reference to the Broadway musical "Hamilton" – that could prove pivotal in the impeachment trial against President Trump.
In it, Bolton wrote that the president told him in August that he wanted to continue to freeze almost $400 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats, including the Biden family."
During a segment on Fox and Friends, Judge Napolitano reacted to Bolton's claim.
"Napolitano said that while both the president and Bolton are protected by privilege, the question is whether or not Bolton could start "spilling the beans" under oath in the well of the Senate.
"And, that's where the authority is divided," he remarked."
Trump weighed in on Bolton's claim.
"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."
Trump's lawyers will likely prevent Bolton from ever being a witness. But Bolton has muddied the water with his book's claims, raising doubt regardless of how true. We can only hope that GOP Senators are not swayed by a disgruntled former employee.