Trump blasts Bolton as impeachment trial enters new phase

Trump blasts Bolton as impeachment trial enters new phase

That assertion, if true, would undercut a key defense argument and go to the heart of one major article of impeachment against the president.

"Remember the whole idea that this was a dire national security threat, a danger to our nation?"

In the tweet, Trump also complained that Bolton, after he was sacked, "goes out and IMMEDIATELY writes a nasty & untrue book".

Democratic Senator Tom Udall, to House managers: "Please address the president's counsels' argument that House managers seek to overturn the results of the 2016 election and that the decision to remove the president should be left to the voters in November".

WATCH: Will Bolton be blocked from testifying?

Trump ousted her after his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and others mounted a negative campaign against her at a time when Giuliani was pressing Ukraine to pursue the politically motivated investigations at the center of the impeachment drama. One senator suggested as many as 10 Republicans would vote to hear from the former national security advisor.

The Senate is expected on Friday to vote on whether to call witnesses including Bolton. Both Democrats and Republicans should bear in mind that if witnesses are approved, neither side may be entirely happy with what they get. Lisa Murkowski, two Republicans who could also vote in favor of calling witnesses.

Republicans would insist on subpoenaing the two Bidens as well as others linked to the Ukraine case.

"If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that can not be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment", retired Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz told the Senate during the first day of the question-and-answer phase of Trump's impeachment trial.

Democrats accuse the president of pressuring Ukraine to investigate political rivals, using a White House meeting and nearly $391 million in military aid as leverage, to boost his 2020 re-election chances. Colbert celebrated this, saying it's a "homerun" as evidence against Trump. Trump is accused of cheating in his 2020 reelection bid by pressuring Ukraine, a United States ally, to announce probe into Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden and his son Hunter and a conspiracy theory, promoted by Russian Federation, that Kiev helped the Democrats in 2016. "At the time, I said nothing publicly about what was a private conversation, but because this detail was relevant to the Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight Committees' investigation into this matter, I informed my investigative colleagues".

The National Security Council said after a preliminary review of the manuscript - a vetting process applied to any White House employees writing books - that it contained "significant amounts of classified information". A second charge accuses Trump of obstructing Congress in its probe.

However, Chuck Schumer, the Senate's top Democrat, called the proposal, which would keep Bolton out of public testimony, "absurd". GOP Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska all have said they are interested in hearing from witnesses.

Republicans still see the four most likely to break with the party line as Sens. And some said they simply don't trust Bolton's word.

Hunter Biden had worked for a Ukrainian energy company when his father was vice president. "I think I couldn't say it better myself, so I won't".

The White House had no comment.

Mr Trump's former White House chief of staff, retired general John Kelly, yesterday threw further doubt on Mr Trump's conduct.

Senate Republican leaders are hoping to vote as quickly as possible to acquit Trump, leaving him in office.

Democratic House managers made their case last week on why the president should be removed from office.

According to Democrats, multiple potential witnesses have firsthand accounts of what they say is a quid pro quo scheme with Ukraine that forms the basis of the two impeachment charges Trump is facing.

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