This week, the bombshell reporting abruptly dropped that according to the president’s former national security adviser John Bolton, President Donald Trump explicitly tied military aid that Congress had designated for Ukraine to whether or not they’d open an investigation into the Bidens. Besides the Government Accountability Office conclusion that the delay violated the law no matter the justification, Bolton’s revelation brazenly upends the claim that Trump had anything in mind other than political expedience when he ordered the aid delay. In a public comment (posted to Twitter), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has now insisted that if Republican Senators fail to call Bolton for impeachment trial testimony, they will be brazenly perpetuating a cover-up.
‘Amb. Bolton reportedly heard directly from Trump that aid for Ukraine was tied to political investigations. The refusal of the Senate to call for him, other relevant witnesses, and documents is now even more indefensible. The choice is clear: our Constitution, or a cover-up.’
Amb. Bolton reportedly heard directly from Trump that aid for Ukraine was tied to political investigations.
The refusal of the Senate to call for him, other relevant witnesses, and documents is now even more indefensible.
The choice is clear: our Constitution, or a cover-up. https://t.co/HBW82ObvOl
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 27, 2020
At present, the question of whether or not to hear from witnesses in the impeachment trial is set to be again considered after opening arguments and initial questions from Senators. This Monday, the president’s defense team was set to continue their time on the stand attempting to make Trump’s case — although their claim that there’s no evidence of a direct political motivation for the aid delay is even more untenable now. Bolton has confirmed that it was apparently meant as leverage to pressure Ukraine into investigating the Bidens.
And some Republicans seem likely to still oppose actually hearing from him. House Judiciary Committee Chairman and impeachment case co-manager Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) attracted criticism when he accused Republican Senators of participating in a cover-up during in-trial remarks, but no matter their self-righteous gesticulating, the facts of their behavior remain firmly in place. They’re covering for the president.
Check out Twitter’s response to Pelosi…