(Trump speaks to members of the media as John Bolton listens during a meeting with President of Romania in the Oval Office of the White House August 20, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong via Getty Images.)
On Saturday, White House lawyers made the argument, on behalf of Donald Trump, that there was no definitive proof that the President was withholding Ukrainian aid in order to coerce a Biden investigation. Newly released details from John Bolton’s manuscript now confirm that Trump told Bolton 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. Bolton’s manuscript also implicates other Trump administration officials like Mulvaney and Pompeo. This means Trump’s best (and really only) defense is shot.
January 27th 2020
Did Trump’s counsel have access to this manuscript and know about what Bolton would say before they argued that there was no direct witness to Trump’s quid pro quo? Did they get caught in Trump’s lies by mistake? Any good lawyer would have all of the facts and know what existed that could burn their client. On the other hand, you might purposely avoid having personal knowledge of information so that you could still, in good faith, make the best arguments for your client. Is it time for Chief Justice Roberts to step in and find out?
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