According to The New York Times, a leaked outline of Former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s forthcoming book, may have a pivotal impact on President Trump’s impeachment trial.
The startling drama unfolded on Sunday, when the Times exclusively reported that Bolton’s manuscript includes a claim that Trump explicitly linked a hold on Ukraine aid to an investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden. Trump told Bolton in August, according to a transcript of Bolton’s forthcoming book reviewed by the Times, “that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens.”
Trump immediately fired back on twitter, refuting Bolton’s claims, saying he “NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens.” Trump went on to accuse Bolton of trying to “sell a book,” noting that Bolton did not complain publicly or privately about the aid holdup “at the time of his very public termination.”
It is interesting to note that the “leak” to the Times was revealed just as the Amazon product page for the book went live.
However, the report may have serious implications on the rest of the impeachment trial. As the Trump defense team opened its case, just the day before the report, the impeachment trial seemed to be on a steady course to be wrapped up by Friday or Saturday of this week.
Prior to the release of the bombshell report, a vote to move to consider witnesses was certainly still short of GOP senators, and how quickly Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could move to the vote to acquit Trump had become the central question on everybody’s mind in GOP circles. But, now, in the wake of the Bolton manuscript, all of that is scrambled and extremely fluid.
Could it still end up that way? Yes, definitely.