Impeachment trial of President Trump: Live updates

House manager Zoe Lofgren invoked history on the Senate floor today when calling for a vote to allow national security adviser John Bolton to testify in the impeachment trial.

Lofrgren mentioned how past national security advisers to Presidents George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama testified in Congressional investigations during their tenure.

“You shouldn’t let the President escape responsibility only to later see clearly what happened in ambassador Bolton’s book. There are no national security risks here. The President has declassified the two phone calls with President Zelensky, all 17 witnesses testified about the President’s conduct regarding Ukraine. We aren’t interested in asking about anything other than Ukraine. That’s simply a bogus argument,” Logren said.

Bolton in the spotlight today: Trump ordered Bolton to help with the Ukraine pressure campaign to obtain damaging information, according to a report today from The New York Times, citing an unpublished manuscript of Bolton’s book.

According to the Times, Bolton wrote that Trump gave him the instructions in May. The conversation also included acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani and White House lawyer Pat Cipollone.

Trump released a statement following the Times report:

“I never instructed John Bolton to set up a meeting for Rudy Giuliani, one of the greatest corruption fighters in America and by far the greatest mayor in the history of NYC, to meet with President Zelensky. That meeting never happened,” Trump said this afternoon.  

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