Trump tied Ukraine aid to faux Biden investigations

More evidence of what’s been largely uncontested during impeachment.

The crux on Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is why he withheld nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine that Congress had allocated.

It’s obvious he sat on the aid, and the mountain of evidence that he did it pending a manufactured investigation into his political rivals has gone largely unchallenged by Trump’s impeachment defense team. With a long-rigged trial at hand, Republicans have been trying to run the clock out while pointing out the lack of witnesses with first-hand knowledge of Trump’s actions.

That’s entirely due to Trump blocking all of the witnesses who have direct knowledge of his actions in the Ukraine scheme. In theory, these witnesses’ testimony would exonerate Trump, if he is telling the truth. In realty, they’re being blocked because they would implicate him.

Now, a book manuscript from John Bolton, Trump’s former National Security Advisor, and a witness long-sought by Democrats, provides a first-hand account of Trump’s dangerous actions.

President Trump told his national security adviser in August that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens, according to an unpublished manuscript by the former adviser, John R. Bolton.

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