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Trump wanted aid to Ukraine frozen until it helped on probes of political rivals: New York Times

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By Pete Schroeder and Karen Freifeld

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told a then-top aide in August he wanted to freeze security aid to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

Trump's statement was described in an unpublished manuscript by former White House national security adviser John Bolton, the

Times said in a report that could raise pressure on Republicans to call Bolton as a witness in Trump's Senate impeachment trial.

The report, which did not quote the manuscript but cited multiple people describing Bolton's account, may undercut a key element of Trump's defense: that there was no quid pro quo when he asked Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskiy to investigate Biden and his son Hunter Biden in a July phone call.

Biden is a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to oppose Trump in the Nov. 3 election. His son worked for a Ukrainian energy firm while Biden was vice president.

In a statement, an attorney for Bolton suggested that the Times’ account was accurate and said he had submitted Bolton's book manuscript to the National Security Council on Dec. 30, a standard security review for classified information.

"It is clear, regrettably, from The New York Times article published today that the prepublication review process has been corrupted and that information has been disclosed by persons other than those properly involved in reviewing the manuscript," the attorney, Charles Cooper, said.

The report drew Democratic demands that the Republican-led Senate, which is conducting a trial on whether to remove Trump from office after his Dec. 18 impeachment by the Democratic-led House of Representatives, call Bolton as a witness.

Democrats need to win over at least four Senate Republicans to approve the calling of witnesses. Bolton said this month he was willing to testify in the trial if a Senate subpoena was issued.

Lawyers for Trump are scheduled on Monday to resume their defense in the impeachment trial stemming from his dealings with Ukraine. A showdown vote on calling witnesses could loom later in the week.

Trump has denied wrongdoing and calls the impeachment process a sham.

"I never told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens," Trump said in a Twitter post. "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 White House, which with Senate Republican leaders has resisted calling witnesses, did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the New York Times report, nor did Jay Sekulow, who is helping lead the Republican president's defense.

'NO DEFENSIBLE REASON TO WAIT'

"There can be no doubt now that Mr. Bolton directly contradicts the heart of the President’s defense and therefore must be called as a witness at the impeachment trial of President Trump," the seven Democratic House "managers" prosecuting the case against Trump in the Senate said in a statement.

"There is no defensible reason to wait until his book is published, when the information he has to offer is critical to the most important decision Senators must now make — whether to convict the President of impeachable offenses," it added.

Democrats have said they are eager to hear testimony by Bolton, who was involved, as his own lawyer previously said, in "many relevant meetings and conversations" involving issues at the heart of Trump’s impeachment.

Bolton left his post in September after disagreements with the president. Trump said he fired him. Bolton said he quit.

“It’s clearly damaging,“ Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University Law School, who was the only witness called by Republicans in the House impeachment proceedings, said of the Times report. “It will fuel demands to hear from Bolton and other witnesses.”

But he said the timing – just before the first full day of argument by the White House team – fueled suspicion it was part of an organized effort and that the senators may not react as the leakers intended.

While the Senate is highly unlikely to remove Trump from office, he is seeking to limit political damage to his re-election bid.

LONG-STANDING GRIEVANCES

The House impeached Trump on charges of abusing the powers of his office by asking Ukraine to investigate Biden and of obstructing a congressional inquiry into his conduct.

Trump's defense argued neither impeachment charge constituted a crime or impeachable offense, that he was within his rights as president to make decisions about foreign policy and what information to give Congress, and that the House pursued a flawed and one-sided process before impeaching him.

According to the New York Times, Bolton spoke to Trump in August and raised the $391 million in congressionally approved aid to Ukraine for its war in the country’s east against Russian-backed separatists.

Officials had frozen the aid, and a deadline was looming to begin sending it, Bolton noted, according to the newspaper.

Trump had previously rebuffed senior U.S. officials who had called for the aid to be restored, the newspaper said, airing his long-standing grievances about Ukraine, which mixed legitimate efforts by some Ukrainians to back his Democratic 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton, with unsupported accusations and outright conspiracy theories about the country.

The newspaper reported that the president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, had also spent months stoking the president’s paranoia about the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine at the time, Marie Yovanovitch, alleging that she was openly anti-Trump and should be dismissed.

In his August 2019 discussion with Bolton, the newspaper said Trump appeared focused on the theories Giuliani had shared with him and had replied to Bolton’s question that he preferred sending no assistance to Ukraine until officials had turned over all materials they had about the investigation that related to Biden and supporters of Clinton in Ukraine.

Trump wanted aid to Ukraine frozen until it helped on probes of political rivals: New York Times
 

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Dietmar Stahl
Dietmar Stahl Jan 27, 2020 1:30AM ET
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Why Trump only. Investigate Biden Son how he got the job in this Ukrainian Company.? Only with favors to Biden himself??
Triplicis Mundi Summum
Triplicis Mundi Summum Jan 27, 2020 1:12AM ET
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Quid Pro Joe. Quid Pro Mango. Both the left and the right should take a step back from treating their respective party hacks as messiahs and understand the long-con game of divide and conquer. They rule at your expense, while behind closed doors, they probably share a scoop, or two, of ice cream.
David Bowie
Defcon2 Jan 27, 2020 1:05AM ET
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Bolton was only part of the administration to help the president do the opposite of what he advised. Bolton was the architect of the Iraq War. So Bolton was a hatred for Trump, what he says can't be trusted.
James Pattison
James Pattison Jan 27, 2020 12:55AM ET
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Does no one at reuters care thst Joe Biden is clearly guilty of quid pro quo... hence quid pro joe...
Adrian White
Adrian White Jan 27, 2020 12:55AM ET
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No because they report current news, not old debunked conspiracy theories brought back from the dead by Republicans desperately trying to deflect and distract from what they can't defend.
Buzzy Jefferson
Buzzy Jefferson Jan 26, 2020 7:34PM ET
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Facts aren’t threats. Schiff lies constantly, and has broken many laws. I believe the President is correct. If there is justice in America, Schiff will end up behind bars.
Adrian White
Adrian White Jan 26, 2020 7:34PM ET
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Name one law Schiff has broken and one lie you think he told. The worst he can be accused of is making a parody of Trump's phone call. That's not the same as lying, and Trump makes sarcastic remarks and parodies all the time. And if you want to talk about lies, Trump is the king of liars. The evidence is in his tweets and in public speeches and interviews.
dan mat
dan mat Jan 26, 2020 5:16PM ET
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Trump is right. again.
Silverbug 19
Silverbug 19 Jan 26, 2020 2:02PM ET
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Lots of snowflakes below lookout
Triplicis Mundi Summum
Triplicis Mundi Summum Jan 26, 2020 2:02PM ET
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Good projection.
Adrian White
Adrian White Jan 26, 2020 2:02PM ET
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Yeah. Right-wing snowflakes.
Silverbug 19
Silverbug 19 Jan 26, 2020 2:00PM ET
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Schiff is a ***keep supporting him Reuters.
Adrian White
Adrian White Jan 26, 2020 2:00PM ET
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It's actually quite amusing that you think "Reuters supports Schiff". All they do is report on things that people say and do. If the guy you love is the subject of more negative stories and the guy you hate is the subject of more positive stories, then it simply indicates what kinds of things they each tend to do. Reuters is not in the business if supporting one party over the other, or individual politicians. They simply report the news as it happens.
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Jan 26, 2020 1:43PM ET
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no prez should talk like trump. the fact he gets away with it while usa voters look on goes to show the low education that usa voters have on average. ur votes will come to haunt u guys. 4 yrs of mess created by trump times two is unacceptable to keep the world in order. the world is falling apart at the seams under trump. democracy and decent society are sliding backwards every day that trump is terrorizing the world and usa allies. usa allies start avoiding usa. ---
Silverbug 19
Silverbug 19 Jan 26, 2020 1:43PM ET
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Please snowflake as all of MSM cursed him down since day one
Ben Brown
Ben Brown Jan 26, 2020 1:43PM ET
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I usually don't respond to such posts as I am up 30% so far this year and and expecting to add to the 250% made last year. However for the benefit of other readers please tell us more about the balanced dems who defend more abortions up to the 9th month ...with the same intensity they defended slavery back in the 1800's.
Ilya Atomiq
Ilya Atomiq Jan 26, 2020 1:43PM ET
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Ben Brown  wow,250, how come?
Chris Martin
Chris Martin Jan 26, 2020 1:43PM ET
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You'll get to see some of your fans in prison...
Jon Benton
Jon Benton Jan 26, 2020 1:43PM ET
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WOW ?! Hes found a new target to blame for his nonsense ?! Guess he'll stop Obama and Clintoning to dwath ?! But then theres that tape ?! LOL
Silverbug 19
Silverbug 19 Jan 26, 2020 1:43PM ET
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Please snowflake. MSM cursed him down from day one they hated him. We the people have voted.
Jon Benton
Jon Benton Jan 26, 2020 1:43PM ET
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Actors , Flunikes but just how much does Rump pay his Deludes ?! Ooops they work for free !
Adrian White
Adrian White Jan 26, 2020 1:43PM ET
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Silverbug, I know you love to keep talking about the past, just like Trump, but this has nothing to do with the 2016 vote. It's about what Trump has done sinc
Adrian White
Adrian White Jan 26, 2020 1:43PM ET
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*since.
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Jan 26, 2020 1:23PM ET
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He is serious, unlike trump. trump is constantly busy exploiting the wind he makes. I dunno why commenters here can't see beyond the dollars earned in the stock market. a society like usa can not live on instant gratification to make it thru the next 20 yrs. -- ppl grow up! usa needs a serious prez who is in touch with reality. trump is clued out on reality and constantly busy patting himself on the shoulder for short term windfalls.
Chris Martin
Chris Martin Jan 26, 2020 1:23PM ET
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I just say tippi appear to be the uneducated one here-You a head case?
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:56AM ET
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Llok at his eyes n face.
 
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