National Security Adviser: Trump Tied Military Aid To Ukraine To Biden Investigations

National Security Adviser: Trump Tied Military Aid To Ukraine To Biden Investigations
Former National Security Adviser John Bolton speaking to the press in May 2019 (image via White House – public domain)

This seriously undercuts the position of Donald Trump’s legal defense team.

I think it’s safe to say Bolton HAS to testify at Trump’s impeachment trial.

From the New York Times:

President Trump told his national security adviser in August that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens, according to an unpublished manuscript by the former adviser, John R. Bolton.

The president’s statement as described by Mr. Bolton could undercut a key element of his impeachment defense: that the holdup in aid was separate from Mr. Trump’s requests that Ukraine announce investigations into his perceived enemies, including former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter Biden, who had worked for a Ukrainian energy firm while his father was in office.

Mr. Bolton’s explosive account of the matter at the center of Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial, the third in American history, was included in drafts of a manuscript he has circulated in recent weeks to close associates.