The president of the United States, Donald Trump, denied on Monday, January 27, 2020 that he had told his former National Security advisor John Bolton that military aid to Ukraine was conditioned on Kiev's investigation of its political rivals.
Trump's tweets came after The New York Times reported on Sunday that Bolton says that in a draft of his next book.
“I NEVER told John Bolton that aid to Ukraine was linked to the investigations of Democrats, including the Biden. In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public departure, ”Trump tweeted in the early hours of Monday.RELATED
"If John Bolton said this, it was just to sell a book."
Citing Bolton's unpublished manuscript, the Times wrote that Trump told Bolton that he wanted to keep USD 391 million frozen in aid to Ukraine until Kiev officials helped with an investigation into his Democratic rival, former vice president Joe Biden.
Trump was charged last month for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in this case.
Last week, the House of Representatives prosecutors spent three days presenting a detailed case according to which Trump withheld military aid and a meeting at the White House to pressure Kiev to initiate an investigation into Biden and the son of the former vice president, Hunter, who served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.
Democrats quickly took advantage of the report to reiterate demands that Bolton and other key people in the Trump administration be called to testify in the impeachment trial against the president.
The Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, said then that the refusal of the Republican majority of the Senate to hear the testimony of Bolton and other witnesses is "now even more indefensible."
Republicans have 53 of the 100 seats in the Senate and 67 votes are needed – a two-thirds majority – to dismiss Trump.