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Trump trial: support increasing within GOP for new witnesses

John BoltonPatrick Semansky

John BoltonPatrick Semansky  

As reports of U.S. President Donald Trump having told his former National Security Adviser John Bolton to hold assistance to Ukraine pending politically-charged investigations spread, pressure from within the GOP to call new witnesses intensified, with some GOP Senators publicly expressing their interest in hearing from Mr. Bolton and other new witnesses.

Mr. Trump’s defence team, however, side-stepped the Bolton issue as they defended their client in the Senate on Monday.

In a book manuscript, some details of which were reported by The New York Times on Sunday, Mr. Bolton had said that Mr. Trump asked him to continue freezing $391 in military aid to Ukraine pending Ukraine announcing investigations that were politically advantageous to Mr. Trump.

Mr. Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives in December on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

“I think it’s increasingly likely that other Republicans will join those of us who think we should hear from John Bolton,” GOP Senator from Utah Mitt Romney told reporters on Monday.

During lunch, GOP Senators had discussed at greater length the need to call Mr. Bolton and other witnesses, as per some media outlets.

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