MADRID, Jan. 28 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The legal team of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, has assured this Monday in the session of the impeachment in the Senate against the president that none of the revelations of former US National Security ex-John John Bolton would rise to level of abuse of power. ”
An alleged draft of a Bolton book, confirmed on Monday to 'The New York Times' by several people who have been able to read it, says Trump told Bolton in August that he wanted to continue blocking the delivery of the 391 million dollars of military aid to Ukraine until the Kiev authorities pledged to investigate the former vice president of the United States, Joe Biden, and his son Hunter. The statement of objections of the Trump political trial contains the crimes of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
In this context, Alan Dershowitz, one of Trump's lawyers in the 'impeachment', has argued that nothing in the Bolton manuscript, which has monopolized the talks at the start of the second week of the political trial, “would rise to the level of abuse of power”.
“If a president, any president, had done what the 'Times' reported on the contents of the Bolton manuscript, that would not constitute a crime subject to an 'impeachment',” Dershowitz said. “Nothing in Bolton's revelations, even if it is true, would rise to the level of an abuse of power or a crime subject to an 'impeachment,'” he insisted.
However, during the day on Monday, some of the Republican senators have reiterated their demands for Bolton to testify. In fact, Senator Mitt Romney has said he has had “conversations” with some of his colleagues on this matter.
In this regard, Senator Lindsey Graham has also expressed herself, who has indicated that she would like to see the Bolton manuscript. “What we have to do here is evaluate the manuscript,” he said, according to the CNN television network.
Bolton's manuscript has sharpened the cracks in the Republican majority, to the point that it is no longer ruled out that Democrats can quote a key witness during the Senate trial. Republicans have asserted their majority in the Upper House so far to control the timing and format of the process. Democrats have tried in vain to call key witnesses, including Bolton himself, to determine if the president abused his power.
The Democratic bloc needs at least four defections in the Republican ranks and Romney, a critic of Trump, opened the door to change the balance on Monday. According to Romney, “it is increasingly likely” that the proposal to convene new witnesses will proceed. In addition to Romney, the US media also speculate with a possible turn of Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Lamar Alexander.
On the other hand, another of Trump's lawyers, Jane Raskin, has accused the Democrats Monday of exaggerating the role of Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, in the scandal with Ukraine.
“In this trial, at this time, Giuliani is a minor actor, the brilliant object designed to distract them,” he said during the hearing on Monday. “Senators, I ask you, with respect, not to be distracted,” he added. Thus, he has argued that the purpose of the Democrats is to “distract from the fact that the evidence does not support their claims.”
TRUMP IS “SATISFIED” WITH HIS LEGAL TEAM
On the other hand, an employee of the White House has assured that Trump is “satisfied” with the performance of his legal team in view of this Monday, while he has affirmed that the president has seen “parts” of the intervention of his lawyers
As for an eventual testimony of Bolton, according to CNN, the legal team of the president will be prepared, said this employee. In this context, they have again referred to the possibility that Trump reserves the right to assert his executive privilege in case that is the approach lawyers seek.
“MORTAL FEAR” TO THE BOLTON TESTIMONY
For his part, the head of the Intelligence Commission of the House of Representatives of the United States, Adam Schiff, one of the seven Democratic congressmen to exercise the accusation of the Lower House in the 'impeachment', has indicated that the Trump team He has a “mortal fear” of the testimony of the former National Security advisor.
“I can understand the reasons why (…) the president and his allies wanted to suppress John Bolton's testimony. They evidently had the manuscript, understood what he had to say and had a mortal fear that the American people would discover it. “, explained Schiff.
Trump had already announced his decision to use executive privilege to prevent Bolton and other officials of his Administration from testifying at the political trial. Bolton declared himself willing to testify at the political trial in early January.
Trump's legal team is expected to continue exposing his initial allegations this Tuesday. Afterwards, the Senate will be ready to discuss whether to summon witnesses and provide documents. If the vote fails, the Senate could vote to absolve Trump of the charges he is accused of. If, instead, the vote yields a positive result, the trial will continue.
THE CASE AGAINST TRUMP
The political trial is chaired by the president of the United States Supreme Court, John Roberts, and the seven deputies appointed by the House of Representatives will act as 'prosecutors' of a process in which all senators must act as jurors, regardless of the party in which they militate.
The impeachment process encompasses the investigation and voting in the House of Representatives, where Trump was officially disapproved in December, thus becoming the third censored US president, and the political trial in the Upper House, in which, to date , no president has become dismissed.
The process began following a complaint lodged by an Intelligence officer who considered that Trump's call to his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodimir Zelenski, on July 25 was an attempt to pressure him to force him to open an investigation into the Biden, paralyzing until then the delivery of more than 300 million dollars of military aid to Kiev and postponing the invitation for a meeting at the White House.
Trump maintains that he is the victim of a “witch hunt” and that his call was “perfect”, despite the contradictions that have been observed in the Government since the complaint of the anonymous official for the alleged campaign of pressure on Ukraine.