Trump Lies

Gardner Caves To Trump’s Threats On Trial Witnesses

Colorado Politics reports: Sen. Cory Gardner said Wednesday that he thinks the Senate has heard from enough witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, taking off the table a potential Republican vote to subpoena national security adviser John Bolton. “I do not believe we need to hear from an 18th witness,” the Colorado Republican told Colorado Politics in a statement. …

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White House Issues Formal Threat To Block Bolton Book

CNN reports: The White House has issued a formal threat to former national security adviser John Bolton to keep him from publishing his book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” sources familiar with the matter tell CNN. The White House had no comment. Neither Bolton nor a spokesman for the publisher, Simon & Schuster, responded to a …

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GOP Senator Waffles On Having John Bolton Testify

Raw Story reports: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Wednesday briefly became the fourth Republican senator to say that former National Security Adviser John Bolton should testify — and then he changed his mind. Democrats would need four Republican senators to vote with them in order to hear Bolton’s testimony. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) …

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Parnas Seeks To Turn Over More Evidence To Democrats

And the hits just keep coming: Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, asked a federal court for permission to turn over more evidence to House Democrats after already providing some evidence, including a 2018 recording of Trump discussing the dismissal of then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. In a letter dated Friday, Parnas’s attorney …

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump’s Legal Team Concludes Defense

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump’s lawyers on Tuesday are kicking off their final day of arguments in his impeachment trial. After previewing their case in a short session on Saturday, Trump’s legal team doubled down on Monday, insisting that there was nothing improper about his dealings with Ukraine’s government and casting blame on former Vice President Joe Biden and …

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Pompeo Escalates NPR Clash, Bars Reporter From Plane

Politico reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s quarrel with NPR escalated on Monday night after one of the radio network’s reporters was barred from flying on the secretary’s plane during an upcoming trip to Ukraine. Michele Kelemen, a veteran reporter for the network, was removed from the list of reporters allowed to fly with Pompeo on a trip to Eastern …

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Bolton Warned Barr: Trump Does Favors For Dictators

The New York Times reports: John R. Bolton, the former national security adviser, privately told Attorney General William P. Barr last year that he had concerns that President Trump was effectively granting personal favors to the autocratic leaders of Turkey and China, according to an unpublished manuscript by Mr. Bolton. Mr. Barr responded by pointing to a pair of Justice …

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Napolitano: Trump Should Just Use “So What” Defense

Mediaite reports: Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Andrew Napolitano argued that in light of newly reported revelations in an upcoming book by John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s best defense is to simply own up to all that the House Managers are alleging and simply argue that it’s not impeachable. Napolitano called material that appears to be in former National Security …

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GOP Braces For Domino Effect On Witnesses Vote

Axios reports: If at least four Senate Republicans decide to vote with Democrats this week to subpoena witnesses and documents in President Trump’s impeachment trial, Hill Republicans fear a potential domino effect, with additional GOP senators — especially those up for reelection in November — falling. “You don’t want to be one of the first four. But no one gives …

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McConnell Pissed At WH For Withholding Bolton Info

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not know that President Donald Trump’s administration had a copy of an explosive manuscript by ex-national security adviser John Bolton, a spokesman said. And Kentucky’s longtime senator, who has said he’s in “total coordination” with the White House on the impeachment trial, reportedly isn’t happy. A McConnell spokesman told The …

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Meadows Warns: You’ll Pay If You Break With Trump

CBS News reports: In an interview with “CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O’Donnell, Congressman Mark Meadows said there would be repercussions if Republicans break with President Donald Trump on impeachment. O’Donnell sat down with impeachment defense surrogates Representatives Meadows, Doug Collins, Elise Stefanik and Debbie Lesko. “Do you think Republican senators face political repercussions if they break with the president?” …

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Fox Publishes Demand For Bolton To Withdraw Book

From an op-ed just published by Fox News: Presidents must be able to candidly consult with their advisers without worrying they will leak these discussions to the press or obtain high-dollar book contracts to publish them. A book by a former national security adviser ahead of a president’s reelection bid may set a dangerous precedent since it could discourage future …

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Mulvaney Has “No Recollection” Matching Bolton’s

The Associated Press reports: Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is disputing former national security adviser John Bolton’s claims in his forthcoming book. Among the claims is an allegation that President Donald Trump told Bolton he wanted to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in security aid from Ukraine until it helped investigate a Democratic political rival. Mulvaney …

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Murkowski “Curious” On What Bolton Might Have To Say

The Hill reports: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) says she is “curious” to know what former national security adviser John Bolton might have to say about President Trump’s relations with Ukraine but stopped short of saying if she would support calling him to testify in the impeachment trial. “Well I read it. I’ve said before I was curious what Ambassador Bolton …

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump’s Legal Team Continues Defense

CNN reports: President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser has upended the Senate impeachment trial, and new revelations from John Bolton’s draft book manuscript could turn the tide on whether senators call for witnesses. The President’s legal team resumes its second day of arguments at 1 p.m. ET Monday, but all of the attention will be focused on the Republican …

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NYT: GOP Senators Furious That WH Blindsided Them

The New York Times reports: By Monday morning, several Republican senators had angrily called the White House trying to determine who at the administration knew about Mr. Bolton’s manuscript, which aides there have had for several weeks, and what was in it. They told the White House they felt blindsided, according to people briefed on the calls who insisted on …

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Conway: Bolton’s Testimony Would Be Devastating

From George Conway’s op-ed in the Washington Post: Before the Senate on Saturday, deputy White House counsel Michael Purpura laid out the elements of that defense. Key among them: “Not a single witness testified that the President himself said there was any connection between any investigations and security assistance, a Presidential meeting, or anything else.” If Bolton testifies to what’s …

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Graham Cancels Presser After Bolton Bombshell

Raw Story reports: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) abruptly canceled a planned press conference that had been scheduled for Monday morning after a bombshell report claimed that former national security adviser John Bolton is backing up a key allegation in the impeachment case against President Donald Trump. Graham was originally set to talk at 11:30 a.m. on Monday alongside several of …

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Bolton’s Book Title Is Reference To Hamilton Musical

The Daily Beast reports: John Bolton’s forthcoming memoir will be titled The Room Where It Happened, in an apparent reference to the song from the musical Hamilton that addresses a “quid pro quo” and “presidential pressure to deliver.” The book is set for release March 17, CNN reports, and an Amazon pre-order page for the book shows a preview cover—in …

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Trump Lies That House Never Sought Bolton Testimony

Politico reports: President Trump claimed falsely on Monday that House Democrats “never even asked” his former national security adviser, John Bolton, to testify during the impeachment inquiry as he argued that it isn’t the job of the GOP-controlled Senate to call Bolton as a witness now. House investigators did ask Bolton to testify during the impeachment inquiry last fall, but …

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