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GOP scrambles after Bolton book leak

An explosive Sunday night leak on ex-Trump adviser John Bolton’s forthcoming memoir—which reportedly reveals a first-hand account of the president’s desire to withhold aid to Ukraine in exchange for investigations of his political rivals—left Senate Republicans scrambling on Monday to keep their plans for a speedy acquittal of the president.

By mid day, GOP lawmakers had already thrown out all manner of excuses to justify rejecting a vote to call additional witnesses (of which Bolton would be one) and evidence in Trump’s impeachment trial. The Bolton disclosure, which was reported by The New York Times reportedly took them by surprise and forced Republicans to dig even deeper as swing votes like Sens. Mitt Romney (UT) and Susan Collins (ME) declared that they were even closer to supporting additional witness testimony.

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