GOP Senators Demanding To Know Why WH Blindsided Them With Bolton Bombshell
Republican senators have consistently opposed calling new witnesses for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, arguing that none of the potential witnesses has direct knowledge of Trump’s alleged quid pro quo with Ukraine.
But former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s new book throws a wrench into their argument, as according to The New York Times, Bolton claims Trump told him personally that he put a hold on U.S. military aid to Ukraine in order to extract his desired Biden investigations.
RawStory reports that Republican lawmakers are livid over the development, privately demanding that the White House explain why they were not informed of Bolton’s bombshell allegation.
Times’ reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted on Monday: “Per sources, some GOP senators privately pushing White House for information on who at administration had visibility into the manuscript over the last month. Senators feel blindsided.”
RawStory noted that Haberman previously reported that “lawyers for Bolton transmitted the manuscript to the White House a month ago,” meaning that “if the Trump administration had any suspicion that these facts were going to emerge, then it would mean they intentionally risked putting Senate Republicans in this situation.”
Republicans are none too happy about being set up to take the fall.