White House on "DEFCON 2" after McConnell fails to block witness testimony

Trump team wraps impeachment defence with Bolton testimony in question

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"And when you have a witness as plainly relevant as John Bolton who goes to the heart of the most serious and most egregious of the president's misconduct, who has volunteered to come and testify - to turn him away, to look the other way, I think is deeply at odds with being an impartial juror", Schiff said.

When senators reconvene on Wednesday, they will begin two days of questions to the lawyers representing Trump and to the seven House of Representatives Democrats who have served as prosecutors.

The president's defence wrapped up its arguments early on Tuesday, having used around half of its allotted 24 hours over three days. The House of Representatives impeached Trump in December on two articles - abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Calling Mr Bolton, and potentially other witnesses, to testify could prolong the impeachment trial and torpedo efforts by the White House to bring proceedings to a close this week.

Trump attorney Alan Dershowitz argues that if a president issues a quid pro quo to a foreign country, it still does not constitute an abuse of power at the Senate impeachment trial. Senator Ted Cruz exuded confidence that Trump will be acquitted of all the charges at the end of the trial. Just four Senate Republicans would have to vote with Democrats to approve witnesses.

Republican Senator Kevin Cramer, a conservative defender of Trump who opposes witnesses, said Republicans were "mostly united" against witnesses, but added: "I'm pretty sure it's not unanimous".

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Because once the questions are over, the Senate will vote on whether to allow additional witnesses to testify.

Bolton reportedly wrote in his book that he and acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney were present when Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani discussed former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

Sekulow told the senators that impeachment "is not a game of leaks and unsourced manuscripts".

The White House on Wednesday said that former national security advisor John Bolton can not publish in its current form a book reportedly containing explosive evidence concerning President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. And Trump has dismissed Bolton as a disgruntled employee whom he fired because of policy differences.

National Security Council officials told Mr Bolton the book included "top secret" details that must be removed. "The Senate can not allow this to happen", White House Counsel Pat Cipollone told the Senate.

Leaked passages from the manuscript of Bolton's soon-to-be published book are roiling Washington, including the revelation that he says Trump told him he was conditioning the release of military aid to Ukraine on whether its government would help investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.

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Parnas will not be able to enter the Senate gallery where the trial is taking place because he is wearing a court-ordered ankle-monitoring device, his lawyer said. In a statement on Monday, Murkowski said: "I stated before that I was curious as to what John Bolton might have to say".

Democratic Senator Tom Udall, to House managers: "Please address the president's counsels' argument that House managers seek to overturn the results of the 2016 election and that the decision to remove the president should be left to the voters in November".

The implication of the poll for Trump's opponents is clear: Americans want witnesses, so let Bolton in.

Senators are expected to vote on Friday whether to hear testimony from witnesses in the impeachment trial.

Senators submitted questions in writing to be read aloud by US Chief Justice John Roberts, who is presiding over the trial.

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In an interview with MSNBC, Manchin said that "being afraid to put up anybody who might have pertinent information is wrong, whether you're Democrat or Republican".

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