Updated: March 7, 2021
As President Donald Trump was preparing to expand his 2017 travel ban on Monday, the New York Times reported that Mr. Trump’s former National Security Adviser, John Bolton, would be releasing a bombshell in his upcoming book that may seal Trump’s fate at his senate impeachment trial, even before the U.S. leader has the time to ban four African nations, one from Eastern Europe and two from Asia.
The U.S. senate is trying President Trump on two articles of impeachment passed by the House of Representatives late last year, when lawmakers accused the President of violating his oath of office when he tried to pressure the Ukrainian President to announce an investigation into discredited corruption allegations against former President Joe Biden, a potential 2020 presidential candidate and Trump’s opponent. The lawmakers also said Mr. Trump obstructed justice when he blocked failed to release documents or allow senior official to testify in the House impeachment hearings.
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Mr. Trump and his Republican colleagues in the Senate have argued the President broke no law and most witnesses who came to testify against him at the House of Representatives were second or third witnesses and did not have direct access to Mr. Trump.
However, John Bolton changes the argument with a bombshell book in which he is reported to have said in raw transcripts that Mr. Trump told him directly that he would be withholding nearly $391 million aide to Ukraine until an announcement of an investigation of Joe Biden was announced.
A senior State Department official testified that Mr. Trump was not really interested in the investigation, but in the announcement of the investigation, a way of slandering Joe Biden before elections in November.
With all of that, Mr. Trump spent time at the White House watching his impeachment trial at the senate, even as growing calls for Bolton to testify got louder, a move Mr. Trump dreads.
The President seemed to be too busy trying to protect his own presidency than banning Africa’s most populous nation, and six other countries.