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Trump lawyer calls Bolton book 'inadmissible,' as defense team wraps impeachment arguments

President Trump’s legal team argued John Bolton’s book manuscript should be “inadmissible” in the impeachment trial and urged an immediate acquittal as they wrapped up arguments before senators on Tuesday.

Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said senators should not pry the trial wide open to new evidence in light of the New York Times’ reporting on Bolton’s book manuscript that says Trump explicitly linked a hold on Ukraine aid to an investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden.

“You cannot impeach a president on an unsourced allegation,” Sekulow said, of reporting on the manuscript.

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Sekulow dismissed those referring to the Bolton manuscript as new “evidence.”

"I'd call it inadmissible," Sekulow said.

And even if Bolton’s allegations – which Trump denies – are true, Trump’s legal team said that the president still can’t be impeached because there is no underlying crime. Sekulow warned such a standard on impeachment would paralyze future presidents.

“The bar for impeachment cannot be set this low,” Sekulow said.

Trump's lawyers wrapped up their arguments by mid-afternoon, making for a relatively short day and teeing up two full days later in the week for questioning.

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The Bolton book has thrown a wrench in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plans for a speedy trial with no new witnesses since the revelations provide a first-hand account of an alleged quid pro quo. The book has made it harder for GOP senators to ignore Bolton and have amped up calls from Democrats to demand witnesses.

A vote is expected by Friday on whether to open the trial to new witnesses and evidence. Republicans open to Bolton say that others such as Hunter and Joe Biden should also be called in a reciprocal agreement.

Tuesday's closing arguments by Trump's legal team marks the end of the first phase of the trial where House Democrats and Trump defense each had three days to sway the Senate.

House impeachment managers used their three days to outline their case against Trump for obstruction of Congress and abuse of power.

Democrats charge that Trump put his own self-interests before that of national security by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, and withholding nearly $400 million in security assistance to a country at war with Russia.

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Trump's legal team poked holes in the case, saying there was no quid pro quo and Trump had legitimate reasons for asking Ukraine for investigations into the Bidens.

Sekulow appears flabbergasted by the idea that the trial could be extended because of the Bolton manuscript.

“Are you going to allow proceedings on impeachment to go from a New York Times report about someone who says what they hear is in a manuscript -- is that where we are? I don't think so," Sekulow said. "I hope not."

Now, senators will have 16 hours starting on Wednesday to ask written questions of the two sides.  Then they'll take a vote on whether to extend the trial with new witnesses and documents.

Fox News' Adam Shaw contributed to this report. 

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Democrats and Nancy announced after their vote that they had overwhelming evidence. Well, we now know that they had Nothing, Zero, Nada. Just peoples best guess and opinions.

This is over folks.

Democrats lied to the American People and made a failed attempt to overthrow a democratically elected President who won with 63 Million votes.

Impeach this !!!

boy...stop having orgasms over this

he will not to be impeached in the Senate...just like Clinton wasn't...the votes not there

Dems know this...they just want to inflict some hurt before the election season...once it stays in the news, it benefits the Dems

 

Sean posted:

If democrats insist on Bolton then this becomes full blown.

Bidens and the Whistle Blower will have to testify.

No, no, no ... about the Bidens and the Whistleblower.

Perhaps one needs to understand the protection issue of Whistleblowers under the United States Whistleblower Protection Act, established in 1989.

While Democrats and Republicans may insist on individuals to be present at the hearings, it will be decided by a vote of the senators on the matter.

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Sean posted:

If democrats insist on Bolton then this becomes full blown. Bidens and the Whistle Blower will have to testify.

Ray posted:

boy...stop having orgasms over this  

Perhaps, orgasms fuel his engine.

Sean posted:

Democrats lied to the American People and made a failed attempt to overthrow a democratically elected President who won with 63 Million votes.

Total votes in the 2016 elections ---

65, 844, 954 - 48.2% - Democrats - Hillary Clinton

62, 979, 879 - 46.1% - Republicans - Donald Trump

Republicans and their lawyers are struggling and coming up with sheer shit that has no bearing in this impeachment. They don't seem to have the votes to stop Bolton from testifying.

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Sean posted:

“Are you going to allow proceedings on impeachment to go from a New York Times report about someone who says what they hear is in a manuscript -- is that where we are? I don't think so," Sekulow said. "I hope not."

Easy solution - let Bolton testify

antabanta posted:
Sean posted:

“Are you going to allow proceedings on impeachment to go from a New York Times report about someone who says what they hear is in a manuscript -- is that where we are? I don't think so," Sekulow said. "I hope not."

Easy solution - let Bolton testify

Why would the Republicans do this, they don't want to hear the truth?

cain posted:
antabanta posted:
Sean posted:

“Are you going to allow proceedings on impeachment to go from a New York Times report about someone who says what they hear is in a manuscript -- is that where we are? I don't think so," Sekulow said. "I hope not."

Easy solution - let Bolton testify

Why would the Republicans do this, they don't want to hear the truth?

Neither does Trump supporters, y'know... those people who can't think for themselves

Ray posted:

One thing that surprised me was Bolton...I thought he was a big supporter of the Prez

A lot of people were supporters of the Trump. Until they got close enough to him to realize his stench.

Bolton is no saint either. He is obviously throwing nuggets from his book out to generate consumer interest in it.

The WH defense did a good job to dismiss Bolton's leaked, unsourced manuscript. I believe it was willfully leaked for the purpose of book sales. It looks like dog eat dog in America when it comes to money and fame. Everybody wants to come in at the eleventh hour with something to add. 

ksazma posted:
Ray posted:

One thing that surprised me was Bolton...I thought he was a big supporter of the Prez

A lot of people were supporters of the Trump. Until they got close enough to him to realize his stench.

Bolton is no saint either. He is obviously throwing nuggets from his book out to generate consumer interest in it.

Bolton is a war hawk, something Trump is wary about.  It was a marriage of convenience which, sooner or later, will fall apart.  Trump wanted him for some tough stance he held however, not to go intervening in countries.

Leave it up to Bolton, we would have been at war with Iran a while ago.   He a dangerous guy. 

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Prince posted:

The WH defense did a good job to dismiss Bolton's leaked, unsourced manuscript. I believe it was willfully leaked for the purpose of book sales. It looks like dog eat dog in America when it comes to money and fame. Everybody wants to come in at the eleventh hour with something to add. 

This happens even in rice eating Guyana.  Get over it.  Bolton want to use this impeachment to sell his book. 

He actually don’t want to testify, it’s just him creating interest for his book. If he testifies, interest in his story, as outlined in the book, will die.  Now it has mystique value.

Baseman posted:
ksazma posted:
Ray posted:

One thing that surprised me was Bolton...I thought he was a big supporter of the Prez

A lot of people were supporters of the Trump. Until they got close enough to him to realize his stench.

Bolton is no saint either. He is obviously throwing nuggets from his book out to generate consumer interest in it.

Bolton is a war hawk, something Trump is wary about.  It was a marriage of convenience which, sooner or later, will fall apart.  Trump wanted him for some tough stance he held however, not to go intervening in countries.

Leave it up to Bolton, we would have been at war with Iran a while ago.   He a dangerous guy. 

Bolton is indeed dangerous. 

Ray posted:

boy...stop having orgasms over this

he will not to be impeached in the Senate...just like Clinton wasn't...the votes not there

Dems know this...they just want to inflict some hurt before the election season...once it stays in the news, it benefits the Dems

 

Americans are going to the dogs. Perhaps, the end of their times.

Sean posted:

Democrats and Nancy announced after their vote that they had overwhelming evidence. Well, we now know that they had Nothing, Zero, Nada. Just peoples best guess and opinions.

This is over folks.

Democrats lied to the American People and made a failed attempt to overthrow a democratically elected President who won with 63 Million votes.

Impeach this !!!

Cow man, go back chasing the cows and pen them up to milk. Moscow Mitch said he doesn't have enough votes to block a vote against witnesses. Another concern he has is that some of these Republican senators who might vote for witnesses might vote for IMPEACHMENT AND REMOVAL. Trump battie currently can cut an eight-inch railroad track spike. Put your yellow highlighter away for now.

Sean posted:

Bai, you watching fake news again ? 

Everything is fake news for Republicans. If Trump thinks he did not commit a crime, quit the "executive privilege" nonsense and release the documents and let the subpoenaed individuals testify. A criminal would never say he or she committed a crime. He is a coward, a cheat and a bully.

All you rass were boasting that you had an overwhelming case at impeachment. Now all of a sudden, it was proven to be a hoax. 
Ress you rass and tek you dhall. 
Good thing Trump fought back. A difference of policy is NOT an impeachable offence.

It over for the crooked Schiff. Tek you dhall with mango achar. 

Stop spreading fake news. 

 

 

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Sean posted:

All you rass were boasting that you had an overwhelming case at impeachment. Now all of a sudden, it was proven to be a hoax. 
Ress you rass and tek you dhall. 
Good thing Trump fought back. A difference of policy is NOT an impeachable offence.

It over for the crooked Schiff. Tek you dhall with mango achar. 

 

 

Only in the minds of airheads, it's a hoax. Is there anything that Trump doesn't agree with is real? I guess he has brainwashed the rednecks and the evangelicals believing he is the second coming. Bai, Clinton was impeached for lying about consensual sex. This man is holding Ukraine hostage for refusing to help him cheat again in the election. When is this crook, con, and cheater going to prove himself that he is not a real Christian but a farce?

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