Trump Lawyer Jay Sekulow Argues John Bolton's Book 'Inadmissible' In Senate Trial

Lula Sharp
January 29, 2020

Lawyers for US President Donald Trump closed their defense Tuesday, telling the 100 senators weighing his removal from office he did nothing wrong in his dealings with Ukraine.

But Republican senator Mitt Romney has said he wants to hear what Mr Bolton has to say. They also sought to undermine leaked details from an upcoming book by former national security adviser John Bolton, who reportedly wrote that Trump told him he would not release aid to Ukraine's military until the country launched an investigation into a USA political rival.

"You can not impeach a president on an unsourced allegation", Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said on the Senate floor, referring to reports of Bolton's manuscript.

On Monday, Republican Senator James Lankford proposed that lawmakers receive a copy of the manuscript of Mr Bolton's book "to see what they're actually saying". Pat Toomey want reciprocity - bringing in Bolton or another Democratic witness in exchange for one from the GOP side.

Cruz said he doesn't think the Senate needs to hear from John Bolton, the former national security adviser.

But Republicans threatened to demand that Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden and his son Hunter also testify, in a move aimed at damaging the party's possibly best chance of defeating Trump in the November election. In a Senate split 53-47 in favor of Republicans, at least four GOP senators must join all Democrats to reach the 51 votes required to call witnesses, decide whom to call or do almost anything else in the trial.

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"There was no discussion of "personal favors" or "undue influence" on investigations, nor did Attorney General Barr say that the President's conversations with foreign leaders was improper", the statement continued.

When asked if John Bolton should testify at Trump's impeachment trial, former Chief of Staff John Kelly told an audience: "John's an honest guy".

GOP senators were warned that if they agree to call Bolton or try to access his manuscript, the White House will block him, likely sparking a weekslong court battle over executive privilege and national security.

Mr Sekulow told the senators they were taking part in "the most solemn of duties under our constitutional framework: the trial of the leader of the free world, the duly elected president of the United States".

But Graham, one of Trump's strongest defenders in the Senate, also threatened to make Democrats pay a price if they are determined to call Bolton. "The very relevant and probative quality of testimony that he should give the Senate". "I think it's hard for them to maintain that they wanted a fair trial, wanted to know all the facts, when there's a witness who said 'I'm ready, I got something to say, ' we got an outline of what he wants to say".

Trump is accused of cheating in his 2020 reelection effort by pressuring vulnerable ally Ukraine to announce investigations into both Bidens and a spurious conspiracy theory, promoted by Russian Federation, that Kiev helped the Democrats in 2016.

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