Bolton says Trump tied Ukraine funds to Bi­den probe

Antelope Valley Press - - SECOND FRONT -

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump told his na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser he wanted to main­tain a freeze on mil­i­tary as­sis­tance to Ukraine un­til it launched po­lit­i­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tions into his Demo­cratic ri­vals, ac­cord­ing to a re­port in The New York Times on Sun­day.

The news­pa­per said John Bolton’s de­scrip­tion of his ex­change with Trump ap­pears in drafts of his forth­com­ing book. The rev­e­la­tion chal­lenges the de­fense of­fered up by Trump and his at­tor­neys in his Sen­ate im­peach­ment trial and raises the stakes as the cham­ber de­cided this week whether to seek sworn tes­ti­mony from Bolton and other wit­nesses co­op­er­at­ing in the probe.

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