GOP Sen. On Acquitting Trump: I Was Convinced He Did It Before Bolton’s Book
Democrats in Congress were furious to read excerpts from former national security adviser John Bolton’s new book, particularly as it appears to include further evidence that President Donald Trump has abused the power of office.
But Republican Senator Lamar Alexander (TN) seemed to view Bolton’s revelations as a non-issue, telling The Washington Post that he already believed Trump did what he was accused of when he voted to acquit earlier this year.
“I haven’t read John Bolton’s book, but I don’t need to rethink my decision,” Alexander said Wednesday evening at the Capitol. “The question was, in the trial, did I need any more evidence to be convinced that President Trump did what he was accused of doing? I said he did it. I was convinced. I didn’t need any more evidence.”
The Republican added that he simply believed Trump’s actions “didn’t rise to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors, which would qualify for conviction on impeachment.”
Revelations in Bolton’s book reportedly include that “Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help him win the 2020 U.S. election” and “signaled his approval” for Xi’s “construction of camps to house as many as 1 million Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang.”