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Lindsey Graham Tells John Bolton: Hold a News Conference

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton should hold a press conference to disclose details from his upcoming book, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said late Tuesday.

Details from Boltons book were leaked to news outlets this week. Bolton denied coordinating with the media.

“John, youve kind of thrown the country into a ditch here,” Graham said during an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday night. “Just come forward and say whats on your mind, hold a news conference and well consider what youve got to say if you think its that important.”

Graham said he has all the information he needs in the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump. Even if the claims Bolton allegedly made were true, Graham said, they wouldnt be impeachable offenses. Graham thinks Trump will be acquitted by the end of the week.

National Security Advisor John Bolton unveils the Trump Administration Africa Strategy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington on Dec. 13, 2018. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

Bolton reportedly wrote in his book that he and acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney were present when Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani discussed former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. He also reportedly claimed that Trump told him he was withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine to try to force leaders there to open an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and Bidens son Hunter Biden.

Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July 2019 to “look into” the corruption allegations against the Bidens, noting that Joe Biden bragged in 2018 about events in 2016 that featured the vice president pressuring Ukraine to oust a prosecutor who was probing Hunter Bidens employer, the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings.

“Theres a mountain of evidence that the Bidens were involved in corruption. The president would have been wrong not to ask the Ukrainians to help, given what we know about Hunter Biden and Joe Biden,” Graham said on Fox.

The Bidens have denied any wrongdoing.

Vice President Joe Biden arrives for a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kyiv on Jan. 16, 2017. (Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump was impeached by House Democrats on Dec. 18 for abuse of office and obstruction of Congress. The first charge stemmed from the phone call. House Democrats said Trumps request amounted to asking a foreign country to interfere in the 2020 election since Joe Biden is a Democratic presidential nominee.

Trump and his team have argued that he was doing his duty to look into corruption.

The Senate heard from both sides over the past week and will begin submitting written questions on Wednesday. A vote on whether to call witnesses is expected on Friday. Senate Democrats have pushed for calling Bolton, Mulvaney, and two others to the stand while some Republicans want to hear from the Bidens, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and the person who filed a complaint against Trump over the Zelensky phone call.

Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate after gaining two seats in the 2018 elections. Convicting Trump, which would remove him from office, requires a supermajority of 67 votes; an acquittal, or dismissing the charges, requires a simple majority.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said earlier this month that 45 Republicans are ready to vote to dismiss. SoRead More – Source

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