On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump criticized John Bolton, who depicted Trump as playing a significant role in a politically motivated pressure campaign on Ukraine. White House is trying to block the publication of an explosive book by the former national security adviser.
The president’s impeachment trial enters a new phase on Wednesday, and the US senators will directly question prosecutors and White House defence lawyers on charges of abusing power by requesting Ukraine to investigate political rival, Joe Biden.
Trump lashed out at Bolton on Twitter. He said Bolton “couldn’t get approved for the Ambassador to the U.N. years ago, couldn’t get approved for anything since ‘begged’ me for a non-Senate approved job” and added that “if I listened to him, we would be in World War Six by now.”
Trump further added that Bolton “goes out and IMMEDIATELY writes a nasty & untrue book. All Classified National Security. Who would do this?”
The Senate members have been sitting silently for three days listening to intense arguments for and against Trump’s removal from office for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans so far have refused to allow any witness or new evidence in the trial.
On the other side, Democrats have been pressing for the Senate to summon Bolton. Trump fired him in September after reports that he is going to publish a book that includes the abuse-of-power impeachment charge against President Trump over his dealing with Ukraine.
The chief Democratic prosecutor Adam Schiff was asked whether the 71-year-old Bolton should appear, and he answered the testimony was essential to conduct a “fair trial.”
“This case is overwhelmingly clear without John Bolton, but if you have any question about it, you can erase all doubt.”
“When you have a witness who is as plainly relevant as John Bolton, who goes to the heart of the most serious and egregious of the president’s misconduct, who has volunteered to come and testify — to turn him away, to look the other way, I think is deeply at odds with being an impartial juror,” Schiff added.