Republicans Fear Bolton Testimony Would Open “Floodgates” For Other Witnesses
Former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s forthcoming book appears to directly contradict the White House version of events regarding President Trump’s attempt to extract investigations into his political opponents from Ukraine — and it’s making Republicans nervous.
The leak from "The Room Where It Happened," due out in March, came by way of a New York Times report over the weekend and represents “a dramatic, 11th-hour inflection point for the trial,” Axios noted on Monday.
Sources told the publication that the leak could be enough to convince four Republican senators that new witnesses should be called in Trump’s impeachment trial, particularly as Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have already expressed interest in hearing new testimony.
But the fear floating around GOP circles is “that if one witness is allowed, the floodgates are open."
"If [Bolton] says stuff that implicates, say Mick [Mulvaney] or [Mike] Pompeo, then calls for them will intensify," one aide told Axios.
Trump has adamantly denied the claim in Bolton’s book, tweeting on Monday: "I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens. ... If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book."
Interestingly, Bolton’s attorneys delivered a the book to the White House for a prepublication security review, The Times’ report noted, which likely gave “Trump’s aides and lawyers direct insight into what Mr. Bolton would say if he were called to testify."
The Times also reported that Bolton’s book “intensified concerns among some of his advisers that they needed to block Mr. Bolton from testifying."