All Democrats in the Senate voted to see documents and hear witnesses that Trump had blocked from the House impeachment inquiry. Only two Republicans, Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Susan Collins (R-ME), voted with them. The public has to wait for publication of former national security adviser John Bolton’s book to hear his story.
But damning excerpts have already leaked out. They reveal that Trump told Bolton about the quid pro quo: Trump would not release congressionally appropriated aid to Ukraine until it opened investigations into former Vice President Joseph Biden and Ukrainian interference in the 2016 US presidential campaign.
Except for Romney and Collins, Republican senators didn’t care. And Prof. Alan Dershowitz was reinforcing that view. Even if Trump did everything that Bolton and House managers had accused him of doing, it wasn’t impeachable, Dershowitz claimed. Among constitutional law scholars, he seems to be alone in that view. Even the GOP’s constitutional law expert at the House Judiciary Committee hearing on the articles of impeachment, Jonathan Turley, disagreed.
Hours after the Senate vote and pursuant to a prior court deadline, the Justice Department released redacted versions of documents showing that Trump was involved in withholding aid to Ukraine as early as June 24, 2019. Evidence will continue top seep out. None of it will be favorable to Trump. Otherwise, the public would have seen it long ago.
On Feb. 5, the Senate is poised to acquit him, but he will never be exonerated.
APR. 20, 2018: Parnas Dines with Trump and Select Donors
APR. 30, 2018: Trump Tells Parnas to ‘Take Out’ Yovanovitch
DEC. 9, 2019: Wray Says No Evidence of Ukraine Interference in 2016 Election
DEC. 30, 2019: Bolton Sends Manuscript of Book to White House for National Security Review
JAN. 21-22, 2020: Trump’s Impeachment Trial Continues with Debate on Motions
JAN. 22-24, 2020: Democrats Present Case Against Trump
JAN. 22, 2020: Trump: ‘We Have All the Material, They Don’t Have the Material’
JAN. 23-24, 2020: White House Tries to Block Portions of Bolton’s Book; Bolton’s Attorney Pushes Back
JAN. 25, 2020: Trump Legal Team Begins Presentation to Senate
JAN. 26, 2020: NYT Reports Excerpts from Bolton’s Book
JAN. 26, 2020: Treasury Dept. Lifts Sanctions on Deripaska’s Companies
JAN. 27-28, 2020: Trump Defense Continues and Concludes
JAN. 29, 2020: DOJ Now Willing to Accept Probation for Flynn
JAN. 30, 2020: Barr Replaces US Attorney for DC
JAN. 31, 2020: Senate Votes Against Calling Trial Witnesses
JAN. 31, 2020: DOJ Admits It Has Documents Relating Trump Role in Withholding US Aid to Ukraine