The process of political trial against the president of the United States, Donald Trump, continues on Monday. The defense of the head of state enters the third and final day in which, over eight hours, he will present his arguments to convince the members of the Senate that the accusation must be dismissed.
The day, however, is marked by revelations arising from the manuscript of the book of former national security adviser John Bolton, which support the arguments put forward by the Democrats, drivers of the process against the head of state.
According to The New York Times in an exclusive report, Bolton said in the book that Trump said in August 2019 to an adviser who wanted to freeze security assistance to Ukraine until the representatives of that country collaborated in the investigations into their Democratic rivals, including former vice president Joe Biden.RELATED
This, say the representatives who act as prosecutors in the trial, configure the crime of abuse of power, one of the two charges that Trump charges. The other is the obstruction of the congressional investigation aimed at elucidating whether the actions in question effectively configured that crime.
The article, which does not quote the manuscript but several people who allude to Bolton's account, could undermine a key element of Trump's defense: that there was no quid pro quo, that is, a clear exch ange, when he asked the Ukrainian president Volodomyr Zelenskiy to investigate Biden and his son Hunter Biden in a telephone conversation in July.
At the same time, the information strengthens the Democratic initiative to have them call to testify that they could have relevant information for the case. Bolton and the chief of the interim Cabinet, Mick Mulvaney, are the main objectives they pursue. To achieve their goal, they need at least four of the 53 Republican senators to vote in line with the 47 Democrats. And at least two – Susan Collins and Mitt Romney – have said that the revelations reinforce the arguments to do so.
In a statement, a Bolton lawyer hinted that the New York Times version was correct and said he had submitted the Bolton manuscript text to the National Security Council on December 30, a standard security process for classified information prior to the Publication of the volume.
Shortly after the information took public status, Trump denied the statements and said Bolton was lying in order to underpin the sales of his book. "I never told John Bolton that aid to Ukraine depended on the investigation of the Democrats, even the Biden … If Bolton says this, it is only to sell a book." "The re-recordings of my conversations with (the President of Ukraine, Volodomyr) Zelensky are all the evidence that is needed," he said.
He also said that both the Ukrainian president and his officials have said they did not feel pressured by the communication, and that finally – after a meeting with his peer at the United Nations – he sent the aid "without conditions and without any investigation."
In another message, he says that "the House of Representatives under the control of the Democrats did not ask John Bolton to testify," which depends on that legislative body and not the Senate. However, the assertion is false: they did, but Bolton conditioned his assistance to an order of the Supreme Court, which implied a delay that the Democrats decided to avoid and withdrew the citation. However, Bolton then changed his position and said he would testify if he was called by the Senate.
The White House, like the Senate Republican leaders, has refused to call witnesses. Throughout the two days of allegations – and since the accusation was raised – Trump's defense denied that he had committed any crime and accused the Democrats of wanting to "nullify the results of the last elections." "They are being asked to break all the ballots deposited in this country on their own initiative … Take that decision away from the American people," argued Pat Cipollone, a White House lawyer.