Trump’s Impeachment Live Updates: Senators Grapple Over Bolton Book

President Donald Trump’s legal defense team is scheduled to make its final day of arguments against the impeachment of the president, following three days’ worth of arguments from House Democrats.

Refresh for updates. The trial is slated to begin at 1 p.m. ET.

12:30 p.m.—Schumer Says GOP Shouldn’t Get Book

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that GOP senators should not be able to obtain a manuscript from former national security adviser John Bolton.

Schumer told a press conference in the morning: “I heard a proposal that came from two Republicans this morning, Lankford and Graham, that we get the manuscript and read it in the SCIF in secret. What an absurd proposal. It’s a book. There’s no need for it to be read in SCIF unless you want to hide something.” The SCIF refers to the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility in Congress.

12 p.m.—GOP Sens. Want Bolton Book Manuscript

Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the White House should hand over a copy of former national security adviser John Bolton’s upcoming book after The New York Times published alleged excerpts on Sunday night, claiming Bolton wrote that he was told by President Donald Trump about a freeze on aid to Ukraine.

“I am encouraging the White House, anybody that I can talk to, to say: that manuscript is pertinent and we should get access to that manuscript to see what they’re actually saying,” Lankford said in a Facebook video. “I think getting that information firsthand would be really important for us,” he added.

“My encouragement would be: if John Bolton’s got something to say, there’s plenty of microphones all over the country; he should step forward and start talking about it right now,” Lankford explained.

“I think what we have to do here is evaluate the manuscript. … I want to know what’s in the manuscript,” Graham told The Hill. “The White House said there was no direct evidence of communication. Maybe this suggests that one person said there might be. What I’ve said all along is, if you’re going to add to the record, we’re going to do it in a balanced way,” Graham explained. “If we add to the record, we’re going to call Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, and all these other people.”


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Trump’s Impeachment Live Updates: Senators Grapple Over Bolton Book,

President Donald Trump’s legal defense team is scheduled to make its final day of arguments against the impeachment of the president, following three days’ worth of arguments from House Democrats.

Refresh for updates. The trial is slated to begin at 1 p.m. ET.

12:30 p.m.—Schumer Says GOP Shouldn’t Get Book

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that GOP senators should not be able to obtain a manuscript from former national security adviser John Bolton.

Schumer told a press conference in the morning: “I heard a proposal that came from two Republicans this morning, Lankford and Graham, that we get the manuscript and read it in the SCIF in secret. What an absurd proposal. It’s a book. There’s no need for it to be read in SCIF unless you want to hide something.” The SCIF refers to the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility in Congress.

12 p.m.—GOP Sens. Want Bolton Book Manuscript

Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the White House should hand over a copy of former national security adviser John Bolton’s upcoming book after The New York Times published alleged excerpts on Sunday night, claiming Bolton wrote that he was told by President Donald Trump about a freeze on aid to Ukraine.

“I am encouraging the White House, anybody that I can talk to, to say: that manuscript is pertinent and we should get access to that manuscript to see what they’re actually saying,” Lankford said in a Facebook video. “I think getting that information firsthand would be really important for us,” he added.

“My encouragement would be: if John Bolton’s got something to say, there’s plenty of microphones all over the country; he should step forward and start talking about it right now,” Lankford explained.

“I think what we have to do here is evaluate the manuscript. … I want to know what’s in the manuscript,” Graham told The Hill. “The White House said there was no direct evidence of communication. Maybe this suggests that one person said there might be. What I’ve said all along is, if you’re going to add to the record, we’re going to do it in a balanced way,” Graham explained. “If we add to the record, we’re going to call Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, and all these other people.”

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