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USA: Trump lawyer dismisses Bolton's book in impeachment trial

United States, Washington DC
January 29, 2020 at 02:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

US President Donald Trump's lawyer Jay Sekulow dismissed the allegations contained in former national security advisor John Bolton's upcoming book, on the sixth day of the impeachment trial in Washington DC, on Tuesday.

"You cannot impeach a president on an unsourced allegation," said Sekulow, before reading out Trump's denial of said allegations:

"'I never told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens. In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination. If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book.'"

The New York Times reported that Bolton's forthcoming book alleges that Trump tied Ukrainian military aid to the Ukrainian government's investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

"It is not a game of leaks and unsourced manuscripts. That's politics, unfortunately," said Trump's lawyer.

Trump is facing impeachment over charges of abuse of power as well as obstruction of Congress, but with a Republican majority in the Senate and a super-majority required for a conviction, the president looks set to remain in office.

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US President Donald Trump's lawyer Jay Sekulow dismissed the allegations contained in former national security advisor John Bolton's upcoming book, on the sixth day of the impeachment trial in Washington DC, on Tuesday.

"You cannot impeach a president on an unsourced allegation," said Sekulow, before reading out Trump's denial of said allegations:

"'I never told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens. In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination. If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book.'"

The New York Times reported that Bolton's forthcoming book alleges that Trump tied Ukrainian military aid to the Ukrainian government's investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

"It is not a game of leaks and unsourced manuscripts. That's politics, unfortunately," said Trump's lawyer.

Trump is facing impeachment over charges of abuse of power as well as obstruction of Congress, but with a Republican majority in the Senate and a super-majority required for a conviction, the president looks set to remain in office.

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