Bolton book reportedly claims Trump held up Ukraine aid over Biden probe

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Former National Security Adviser John Bolton wrote in a draft of his upcoming book that President Trump told him last year that he was freezing congressionally approved security aid to Ukraine until it committed to investigating Democrats, The New York Times reported Sunday.

Bolton’s assertion that Trump linked the $391 million in aid to the inquiry he wanted Ukraine to launch against former Vice President Joe Biden, the leading Democratic candidate to challenge Trump in November’s election, contradicts part of his legal team’s defense in his impeachment trial.

The charges center on Trump’s alleged effort to pressure Ukraine’s leaders, and to obstruct the House investigation.

Democrats want Bolton to testify in the Senate impeachment trial, which resumes Monday.

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