Multiple Republicans have come out with concerns after revelations from John Bolton’s new book made waves on Sunday. According to Bolton, he was told by Trump himself that federal aid was being withheld from Ukraine due to the attempted extortion of the already stressed country.
Republicans came out blazing upon learning of the book excerpts, and at least two top GOP’rs have basically hinted that they believe Bolton. Republican Senator Ron Johnson says he knows Bolton is telling the truth according to POLITICO reporter Kyle Cheney:
RON JOHNSON says “My guess is John Bolton tells the truth.” But he calls the leak “exquisite timing” and says he still wants to hear full WH case.
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) January 27, 2020
Senator Lisa Murkowski said this on Twitter:
(2/2) I’ve also said there is an appropriate time for us to evaluate whether we need additional information —that time is almost here. I look forward to the White House wrapping up presentation of its case.
— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) January 27, 2020
Trump has flat-out denied ever telling John Bolton about an extortion plot, but Bolton’s reputation is pretty solid, and there’s nothing Trump can say or do to make him out to be a liar. This was Trump’s statement:
“I NEVER TOLD JOHN BOLTON THAT THE AID TO UKRAINE WAS TIED TO INVESTIGATIONS INTO DEMOCRATS, INCLUDING THE BIDENS. IN FACT, HE NEVER COMPLAINED ABOUT THIS AT THE TIME OF HIS VERY PUBLIC TERMINATION. IF JOHN BOLTON SAID THIS, IT WAS ONLY TO SELL A BOOK.”
“WITH THAT BEING SAID, THE TRANSCRIPTS OF MY CALLS WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY ARE ALL THE PROOF THAT IS NEEDED, IN ADDITION TO THE FACT THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY & THE FOREIGN MINISTER OF UKRAINE SAID THERE WAS NO PRESSURE AND NO PROBLEMS. ADDITIONALLY, I MET WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY AT THE UNITED NATIONS (DEMOCRATS SAID I NEVER MET) AND RELEASED THE MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE WITHOUT ANY CONDITIONS OR INVESTIGATIONS – AND FAR AHEAD OF SCHEDULE. I ALSO ALLOWED UKRAINE TO PURCHASE JAVELIN ANTI-TANK MISSILES. MY ADMINISTRATION HAS DONE FAR MORE THAN THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION.”
Adam Schiff went on CNN Monday morning to confirm the hole that Trump has dug himself. Check him out below:
We already have strong and direct evidence that Trump withheld military aid to demand political investigations.
Bolton further corroborates it.
Senators have taken an oath to be impartial. Don’t they want to hear the full truth?
Bolton must testify. pic.twitter.com/UXl9b2x2ZX
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 27, 2020
We already have strong and direct evidence that Trump withheld military aid to demand political investigations. Bolton further corroborates it. Senators have taken an oath to be impartial. Don’t they want to hear the full truth? Bolton must testify.
People on Twitter are abuzz upon hearing that Republicans are finally coming to their senses when it comes to Trump being a liar, who will even hide stuff from them. You can see the reactions below via screenshot: