28 January 2020

The Smoking Manuscript

On Sunday night, the New York Times broke the story (link here) that former National Security Advisor John Bolton revealed in his forthcoming book manuscript that Donald Trump told him "he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens."

This revelation has plunged Republicans on Capitol Hill into crisis and chaos and has completely upended the ongoing impeachment trial.

Before the revelation, the chance that the Senate would allow witnesses in the impeachment trial was highly uncertain. The Bolton bombshell, however, has likely tipped the scale in favor of witnesses. One Senator estimated to the media yesterday that as many as ten GOP Senators will vote to hear live witness testimony.

If that happens, that will throw Trump's defense under the bus. And, maybe just maybe, it could take the President down with it.

The vote for witnesses is expected to come on Thursday. Even if you have done so already, call your Senators again. Contact information and further details can be found in my post from last week here.

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