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Senate Dem Van Hollen: ‘Impossible’ not to summon Bolton for testimony after bombshell report

Recently published allegations from former national security adviser Amb. John Bolton make it “impossible” for any senators who claim that they are “seeking the truth” in the Senate impeachment trial not to call him as a witness, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., said Tuesday.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” with hosts Sandra Smith and Ed Henry, Van Hollen said that all of the “momentum” in the case against the president is in favor of calling relevant fact witnesses “because the purpose of a trial is to get to the truth about what happened.”

“But, this is a major test of whether or not people want to have an impartial trial because everyone in America knows that when you have a trial, and it’s a fair trial, people get to call relevant fact witnesses and get relevant documents,” he said.

BOLTON FOR BIDEN? WITNESS SWAP TALK REVIVED IN WAKE OF BOMBSHELL BOOK MANUSCRIPT

This weekend, a report in The New York Times revealed an excerpt from the forthcoming book titled “The Room Where It Happened” – an apparent reference to a song from the Broadway musical “Hamilton” – that could prove pivotal in the impeachment trial against President Trump.

In it, Bolton wrote that the president told him in August that he wanted to continue to freeze almost $400 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats, including the Biden family.

The Department of Justice said in a statement Monday night that the New York Times report “grossly” mischaracterized the exchange.

Van Hollen told the “Newsroom” hosts that calls from some Republican senators to have the Biden family testify — if John Bolton were to be brought into the Senate trial — were the reason he proposed an amendment stating that Chief Justice John Roberts should make a ruling for requests for documents and relevant witnesses.

“If the goal of a trial is to get to the truth — which is what trials are supposed to be all about — then when you have the president’s lawyers claiming that they’re that, you know, John Bolton is making this up…Well, the way you deal with that is you swear him in. You put him under penalty of perjury so that if he lies to the Congress, he’s subject to imprisonment,” said Van Hollen. “That’s why we have people testify under penalty of perjury.”

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FILE – In this July 31, 2019 file photo, then National security adviser John Bolton speaks to media at the White House in Washington. Bolton says he’s ‘prepared to testify’ in Senate impeachment trial if subpoenaed (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Directed at the president’s legal team, Van Hollen added that “you can’t sort of obstruct justice and an investigation to protect yourself against serious allegations of wrongdoing that rise to the level of impeachment.”

“So, that’s why the House is doing this,” he explained.

“This is not an appellate court. This is a trial,” he concluded.

Republican senators have faced a pivotal moment and pressure has been mounting for at least four to buck GOP leaders and form a bipartisan majority to force the issue. Republicans have held a 53-47 majority, and a mere majority vote would be required on the question of witnesses.

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“John Bolton’s relevance to our decision has become increasingly clear,” Utah GOP Sen. Mitt Romney told reporters. Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a key moderate swing vote, said she has always wanted “the opportunity for witnesses” and the report about Bolton’s book “strengthens the case.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., appeared unmoved by news of the Bolton book, telling Republicans they would take stock after the defense team concluded its arguments.

Fox News’ Gregg Re, Brooke Singman, Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Judge Napolitano: Mitch McConnell was blindsided, should have been told about Bolton ‘bombshell’

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The Trump administration should have told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., about the “bombshell” allegations contained in former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s new book, Judge Andrew Napolitano said Tuesday.

This weekend, a report in The New York Times revealed an excerpt from the forthcoming book titled “The Room Where it Happened” – an apparent reference to the Broadway musical “Hamilton” – that could prove pivotal in the impeachment trial against President Trump.

In it, Bolton wrote that the president told him in August that he wanted to continue to freeze almost $400 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats, including the Biden family.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” with hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade, Napolitano said since the release of part of the manuscript, the issue has become whether or not Bolton will testify before House managers and the Senate in the impeachment trial.

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“The issue is, does John Bolton testify because…if this happens, it will open up a can of worms in terms of the other witnesses,” he said. “Suppose, for example, John Bolton relates a conversation that only he and the president had…how are the president’s people going to rebut that without the unthinkable: putting the president on the stand?”

Napolitano said that while both the president and Bolton are protected by privilege, the question is whether or not Bolton could start “spilling the beans” under oath in the well of the Senate.

“And, that’s where the authority is divided,” he remarked.

On Sunday, the president refuted Bolton’s claim, writing on Twitter that he “NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens.”

Trump went on to accuse Bolton of trying to “sell a book,” noting that Bolton did not complain publicly or privately about the aid holdup “at the time of his very public termination.”

“What if the president was talking about 2016 [and] John Bolton thought he was talking about 2020 and there was that confusion?” asked Earhardt.

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“That’s why you have cross-examination to examine,” Napolitano replied. “But, remember, executive privilege doesn’t apply to every conversation the president has. In this context, it applies – interestingly – right in John Bolton’s wheelhouse: military, diplomatic, sensitive national security.

“All it would have to do is change the minds of a few Republicans and then this is a new ballgame,” he concluded.

Fox News’ Gregg Re and Gillian Turner contributed to this report.

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Today on Fox News: Jan. 28, 2020

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On Fox Business:

Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: Jed York, CEO of the San Francisco 49ers franchise. Kathy Ireland, entrepreneur and supermodel.

On Fox News Radio:

The Fox News Rundown podcast: Could the Bolton Book Bombshell Open the Door to “The Justice Roberts Show?”- Former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s upcoming book leaked over the weekend, with new information that now has Democrats pushing the case even more to have witnesses testify during the Senate trial. Associate Editor and Columnist at RealClearPolitics, A.B. Stoddard and former Deputy Independent Counsel Sol Wisenberg weigh in on if they think witnesses should be heard in light of the new information and what this means for President Trump’s defense team.

Also on the Rundown: Higher taxes and cost of living are driving a migration from blue states to red ones like Texas. This shift is not only changing the states culturally but could have major political implications in both local and national elections. Kristin Tate, author of “The Liberal Invasion of Red State America,” joins the Rundown to discuss how “progressive flight” could impact America’s political landscape for generations to come.

Plus, commentary by Fox Nation host Abby Hornacek.

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Pat Williams, founder of the Orlando Magic; Chris Stirewalt, Fox News digital politics editor; FBN’s Kennedy and more.

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Devin Nunes: National Security Council should be ‘quarantined’ to Virginia

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House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said that until allegations of leaking from the White House’s National Security Council subsides, it should be “quarantined across the Potomac.”

On Monday, Fox News host Laura Ingraham discussed with Nunes remarks made by Trump attorney Pam Bondi earlier in the evening in regard to an “Ingraham Angle” report from last week.

Ingraham shared new details Thursday night regarding a Ukrainian political officer who allegedly worked with a Democratic National Committee operative to hurt the Trump campaign.

LAURA INGRAHAM: UKRAINIAN OFFICIAL WORKED WITH DNC TO UNDERMINE TRUMP

She identified the Ukrainian political officer as Andriy Telizhenko, a Ukrainian Embassy official who attended a 2016 White House meeting with former President Barack Obama.

“Curiously, [Telizhenko’s] name also pops up in a 2017 Politico piece that detailed the efforts by Ukrainian officials to undermine Trump’s 2016 campaign, written by the same reporter, Ken Vogel, who, after initially pursuing it, didn’t write that story about that White House 2016 meeting,” Ingraham said at the time.

Bondi made reference to that report in her remarks before the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump:  “It wasn’t just one reporter who asked questions about the alliance between Burisma and the Obama administration. As we learned recently through reporting on Fox News: On January 19, 2016, there was a meeting between Obama administration officials and Ukrainian prosecutors.

Ingraham asked Nunes how he felt about the “deep state bureaucrats” who are working in the NSC and at the State Department, whom she said are intent on working against Trump and what he stands for.

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“Welcome to my life the last three years,” Nunes remarked. “You have to get up every day and you have to pound away until you get the answers.”

“One of the things that has to happen — it should be perfectly clear now — is that that NSC needs to be completely removed from the White House and quarantined on the other side of the Potomac River somewhere until they can find out where the leaks are coming from.”

Virginia is already the longtime home to at least two key government agencies, as the CIA is headquartered at the George Bush Center for Intelligence in Langley — to the northwest of Georgetown, D.C., and the Pentagon sits just north of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Fox News’ Victor Garcia contributed to this report.

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Bolton manuscript leak to NY Times creates uproar

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The Bolton bombshell has rocked the Trump impeachment trial.

And while there’s no indication it will change the ultimate outcome, that has put Republicans on the defensive.

John Bolton is no Lev Parnas. He’s not some sketchy character under indictment. He’s a former acting U.N. ambassador, longtime hero to conservative hawks, and President Trump’s pick as national security adviser. What’s more, he’s a firsthand witness who had conversations about Ukraine with the boss (before he was ousted) and other top officials.

So when the New York Times reported on his soon-to-be-public manuscript, it quickly took center stage.

WITH TALK OF ‘SLEAZEBAGS,’ IMPEACHMENT DEBATE OUTSIDE SENATE TURNS ROUGH

Trump told Bolton in August “that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens,” says the Times account of the manuscript.

The president took to Twitter to deny the account shortly after midnight: “If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book.” And indeed, an Amazon pre-order page for the book, “The Room Where It Happened,” popped up yesterday.

The insta-controversy raises three major questions:

–Will four Republican senators vote to call Bolton as a witness?

Mitt Romney said the unpublished manuscript makes that increasingly likely, and Susan Collins said it strengthens the case, but they were already probable yes votes. Other GOP senators were saying yesterday that Bolton doesn’t matter, that it was a selective leak, that the facts of the case haven’t changed. Lindsey Graham said he wants to see the manuscript but that Trump’s side should be able to call witnesses if the Senate goes there.

But the manuscript does boost pressure on Republicans, especially those who are up for reelection and could face accusations of refusing to hear key evidence. If a half-dozen or more Republicans agree, there is safety in numbers. Nobody wants to cast the single decisive vote against Trump’s position.

–Who leaked the Bolton manuscript?

In a routine step, Bolton, a former Fox News contributor, submitted the book to the White House for pre-publication review of any classified information. The administration says no one outside the NSC got a copy. But the Times said “multiple people” described the manuscript.

Bolton’s lawyer, Chuck Cooper, says “it is clear, regrettably…that the pre-publication review process has been corrupted and that information has been disclosed by persons other than those properly involved in reviewing the manuscript.”

Why would any Trump official provide the information to the Times? The leaky White House once had officials who would damage the boss in service of their own agendas, but few if any remain. Maybe the administration wanted to get it out there and defuse it before the Senate trial ended.

Why would Bolton want such a leak? He’s been volunteering to testify, if subpoenaed, to no avail. Once the book was published, Bolton would have faced a firestorm for staying silent and allowing the Senate to acquit Trump without sharing his crucial evidence. He would have been assailed as greedy for holding his explosive allegations until his book was out. This leak, whether he was complicit or not, gets him off the hook.

Still, Bolton, Simon & Schuster and Javelin Literary issued a statement: “There was absolutely no coordination with the New York Times or anyone else regarding the appearance of information about his book.” The rest, they said, is “unfounded speculation.”

–How damaging is the Bolton book itself?

The reported manuscript contradicts several top officials. Bolton says Mike Pompeo privately acknowledged there was no basis for Rudy Giuliani’s claims that Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch was corrupt and the secretary of State believed Giuliani may have been acting on behalf of other clients.

Bolton also says he told William Barr about his concerns about Rudy after Trump’s July 25 call with Ukraine’s president, noting that Barr’s name was raised on the call. The attorney general has insisted he only learned about this in the middle of August.

And Mick Mulvaney was on at least one call between Trump and Giuliani, says Bolton, despite the chief of staff’s insistence he avoided such conversations to protect attorney-client privilege.

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As for the president, he is starting to turn on Bolton as a disgruntled ex-staffer who is lying to boost book sales. But this situation is different from his past attacks on Michael Cohen, Steve Bannon, Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Anthony Scaramucci, Omarosaand others who have broken with him. Bolton largely supports Trump’s foreign policy, even if he proved too hawkish for the president’s taste.

John Bolton’s account, whether it comes out in trial testimony or book form, will not be easy to dismiss.

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Bolton manuscript leak to NY Times creates uproar

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The Bolton bombshell has rocked the Trump impeachment trial.

And while there’s no indication it will change the ultimate outcome, that has put Republicans on the defensive.

John Bolton is no Lev Parnas. He’s not some sketchy character under indictment. He’s a former acting U.N. ambassador, longtime hero to conservative hawks, and President Trump’s pick as national security adviser. What’s more, he’s a firsthand witness who had conversations about Ukraine with the boss (before he was ousted) and other top officials.

So when the New York Times reported on his soon-to-be-public manuscript, it quickly took center stage.

WITH TALK OF ‘SLEAZEBAGS,’ IMPEACHMENT DEBATE OUTSIDE SENATE TURNS ROUGH

Trump told Bolton in August “that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens,” says the Times account of the manuscript.

The president took to Twitter to deny the account shortly after midnight: “If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book.” And indeed, an Amazon pre-order page for the book, “The Room Where It Happened,” popped up yesterday.

The insta-controversy raises three major questions:

–Will four Republican senators vote to call Bolton as a witness?

Mitt Romney said the unpublished manuscript makes that increasingly likely, and Susan Collins said it strengthens the case, but they were already probable yes votes. Other GOP senators were saying yesterday that Bolton doesn’t matter, that it was a selective leak, that the facts of the case haven’t changed. Lindsey Graham said he wants to see the manuscript but that Trump’s side should be able to call witnesses if the Senate goes there.

But the manuscript does boost pressure on Republicans, especially those who are up for reelection and could face accusations of refusing to hear key evidence. If a half-dozen or more Republicans agree, there is safety in numbers. Nobody wants to cast the single decisive vote against Trump’s position.

–Who leaked the Bolton manuscript?

In a routine step, Bolton, a former Fox News contributor, submitted the book to the White House for pre-publication review of any classified information. The administration says no one outside the NSC got a copy. But the Times said “multiple people” described the manuscript.

Bolton’s lawyer, Chuck Cooper, says “it is clear, regrettably…that the pre-publication review process has been corrupted and that information has been disclosed by persons other than those properly involved in reviewing the manuscript.”

Why would any Trump official provide the information to the Times? The leaky White House once had officials who would damage the boss in service of their own agendas, but few if any remain. Maybe the administration wanted to get it out there and defuse it before the Senate trial ended.

Why would Bolton want such a leak? He’s been volunteering to testify, if subpoenaed, to no avail. Once the book was published, Bolton would have faced a firestorm for staying silent and allowing the Senate to acquit Trump without sharing his crucial evidence. He would have been assailed as greedy for holding his explosive allegations until his book was out. This leak, whether he was complicit or not, gets him off the hook.

Still, Bolton, Simon & Schuster and Javelin Literary issued a statement: “There was absolutely no coordination with the New York Times or anyone else regarding the appearance of information about his book.” The rest, they said, is “unfounded speculation.”

–How damaging is the Bolton book itself?

The reported manuscript contradicts several top officials. Bolton says Mike Pompeo privately acknowledged there was no basis for Rudy Giuliani’s claims that Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch was corrupt and the secretary of State believed Giuliani may have been acting on behalf of other clients.

Bolton also says he told William Barr about his concerns about Rudy after Trump’s July 25 call with Ukraine’s president, noting that Barr’s name was raised on the call. The attorney general has insisted he only learned about this in the middle of August.

And Mick Mulvaney was on at least one call between Trump and Giuliani, says Bolton, despite the chief of staff’s insistence he avoided such conversations to protect attorney-client privilege.

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As for the president, he is starting to turn on Bolton as a disgruntled ex-staffer who is lying to boost book sales. But this situation is different from his past attacks on Michael Cohen, Steve Bannon, Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Anthony Scaramucci, Omarosaand others who have broken with him. Bolton largely supports Trump’s foreign policy, even if he proved too hawkish for the president’s taste.

John Bolton’s account, whether it comes out in trial testimony or book form, will not be easy to dismiss.

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CNN Don Lemon panel faces intense backlash for mocking Trump supporters as illiterate ‘credulous rubes’

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A CNN panel is facing intense backlash on Monday night for mocking Trump supporters as “credulous boomer rubes,” even sparking fierce condemnation from President Trump and his presidential campaign.

The panel, which originally aired on Saturday night during special live coverage of the impeachment trial, featured CNN anchor Don Lemon, New York Times columnist and CNN contributor Wajahat Ali, and ex-GOP strategist Rick Wilson discussing the heated exchange Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had with an NPR reporter, where he allegedly challenged the journalist to point out Ukraine on a blank map.

Wilson used the topic to mock President Trump as well as his supporters.

“[Pompeo] also knows deep within his heart that Donald Trump couldn’t find Ukraine on a map if you had the letter U and a picture of an actual physical crane next to it,” Wilson began, causing Lemon to chuckle. “He knows that this is, you know, an administration defined by ignorance of the world. And so that’s partly him playing to the base and playing to their audience. You know, the credulous boomer rube demo that backs Donald Trump.”

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As Lemon began crying with tears of laughter, Wilson went on to depict what he thought a typical Trump supporter sounded like.

“‘Donald Trump’s the smart one- any y’all elitists are dumb!'” Wilson said with a heavy southern accent.

“‘You elitists with your geography and your maps- and your spelling!'” Ali chimed in during the mockery.

“‘Your math and your reading!'” Wilson added. “‘All those lines on the map!'”

The CNN anchor almost lost his breath from laughing, wiping tears from his eyes with a tissue.

“That was good,” Lemon reacted. “That was a good one. I needed that.”

The clip was spotted by former CNN digital producer Steve Krakauer, who blasted the panel.

“The arrogance, the dismissiveness, the smug cackling, the accents,” Krakauer reacted. “If Donald Trump wins re-election this year, I’ll remember this brief CNN segment late one Saturday night in January as the perfect encapsulation for why it happened.”

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Trump knocked Lemon, who he called “the dumbest man on television” as well as his “terrible ratings.”

Several members of the Trump campaign slammed the liberal network for mocking the president’s supporters.

“Deplorables. This Deplorable is ready,” Trump campaign director Brad Parscale shot back with a flexing arm emoji.

“This is a real segment from an actual program on a cable news network that asks to be taken seriously. Not subtle message to huge parts of America: THEY HATE YOU,” Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh wrote.

“The media hardly ever hides their contempt for @realDonaldTrump supporters but this clip is featuring CNN’s @donlemon, The New York Times’ @WajahatAli, and @TheRickWilson is ludicrous. This is one of the most offensive segments I’ve seen in a while,” GOP rapid response director Steve Guest reacted.

CNN received strong condemnation across social media.

“The smug political class hates the tens of millions of Americans who comprise our movement. They can cackle and grandstand…as we build a country based on sovereignty, economic nationalism, and the diffusion of power,” former CNN commentator Steve Cortes reacted.

“This isn’t disdain or disagreement. What Wajahat, Don, & Rick showed was a disrespect, hatred, & mockery for their fellow man who disagree. I don’t want to hear @JakeTapper, @AndersonCooper, @BrianStelter, @ChrisCuomo, or anyone on @CNN lecture about their higher level of decency,” NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck wrote.

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“Don Lemon will laugh for a minute straight over Rick Wilson and Wajahat Ali mocking Trump supporters and calling them stupid, but don’t you dare make a meme or he will freak out,” Washington Free Beacon media analyst Cameron Cawthorne quipped.

“If you want to give people a reason to vote Trump as a screw you to the media, keep airing segments like these,” Daily Caller editor Peter Hasson said.

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Lemon was recently handed a lawsuit by a man who alleges he was a victim of a sexually-charged assault by the CNN anchor. The accuser, Dustin Hice, said Lemon offered a six-figure settlement before talks broke down and the formal complaint was filed.

He is currently competing in the first annual “Smug Industries Liberal Hack Tournament.” Lemon defeated Vox journalist Aaron Rupar in the first round and will face off against BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith in the second round.

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report. 

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Longtime Bolton confidant: ‘Heads should roll’ if bombshell book manuscript was leaked from NSC

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Former CIA analyst and ex-National Security Council staffer Fred Fleitz spoke out about his longtime friend, former Trump National Security Adviser John Bolton, telling “The Ingraham Angle” in an exclusive interview Monday that the ex-official should withdraw his forthcoming book until after the election.

Host Laura Ingraham noted Fleitz served under Bolton twice in government office and has known him for 30 years. She added that Bolton has appeared on her show multiple times.

“John is an old friend and I didn’t take any pleasure in writing this piece today,” Fleitz said of a column he published on FoxNews.com that called for Bolton to withdraw his manuscript.

He said he takes Bolton and his staff at their word that they did not leak the book’s manuscript

The New York Times exclusively reported the manuscript included a claim that Trump explicitly linked a hold on Ukraine aid to an investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden. Trump told Bolton in August, according to a transcript of Bolton’s forthcoming book reviewed by the Times, “that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens.”

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Fleitz said presidents of both parties should be able to confide in their national security advisors and that the best confidants are the ones who give the officeholder peace of mind that their ideas and musings will not appear in the press or in books.

He reiterated that he believes Bolton didn’t leak anything to the Times, but warned that if some rumored sourcing is true, the people involved should be punished.

“[S]ending something so sensitive to the White House during impeachment hearing and all the bureaucrats [could] review — I’m afraid it was an invitation for a leak. There is a report now that there are many paper copies made at the National Security Council. If that is true, heads should roll at the NSC,” he said, adding that the Bolton team should have been more judicious than to send his book draft to the NSC in the first place, if they had.

Later in the interview, Ingraham joked that a previous political critic of Bolton’s, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., appeared to want the ex-Bush administration ambassador to be put on the “Mount Rushmore of heroes in the modern political age,” in the host’s words.

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“There seems to be a giant cover-up among so many of the leading people in the White House,” Schumer said. “If it was ever even a shred of logic left to not hear witnesses and review the documents, Mr. Bolton’s book just erased it.”

In his FoxNews.com column, Fleitz wrote that executive privilege exists for people exactly like Bolton — in sensitive positions and in close collaboration with presidents on national security matters where privacy is necessary.

He also pointed to former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who delayed the publication of his book that Fleitz said “detailed the incompetence of Joe Biden and the Obama [NSC] staff” for several years so as not to affect the 2012 presidential election.

“There will be a time for Bolton to speak out without appearing to try to tip a presidential election,” Fleitz wrote.

Fox News’ Gregg Re and Gillian Turner contributed to this report.

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Laura Ingraham urges moderate GOP senator’s to avoid ‘one night stand’ with Democrats on witnesses

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Laura Ingraham urged voter to call and let the four moderate Republican senators know how they feel about extending the Senate impeachment trial by voting to hear witnesses, this after the revelation by The New York Times that former National Security Adviser John Bolton‘s upcoming book alleges President Trump connected Ukraine aid to investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter.

“I like Bolton. He’s been on the show a number of times, but he’s a neo-con who never should have been hired by Trump in the first place,” Ingraham said on “The Ingraham Angle” Monday. “None of what he could say and none of what he could write could change the facts as they occurred. It is long past time to put an end, a merciful end to this impeachment fiasco.”

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Ingraham turned her attention to the moderate Republican senators.

“I’m more outraged that the four squishy senators and the Republican Party are toying with prolonging this national nightmare,” Ingraham said. “Now, if you’re a senator and if you listen to both sides the past week and you are telling us you still haven’t decided how you’re going to vote and an ultimate verdict, here’s my message. You resign. You shouldn’t be in the Senate.”

“You get the sense, don’t you, that the handful of moderate Republicans, they’re enjoying their Hamlet routine right now, a little bit too much,” Ingraham added. “People like Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, I’m sure they’re great people. Nothing personal against them.”

The host compared the senator’s siding with Democrats on witnesses to a “one night stand” before urging voters to call the senators and voice their feelings.

“Long after their one night stand with the Liberals ends, their constituents will see their posturing for what it is, a walk of shame, allowing this circus to continue for months… We’ll be in for months if this continues,” Ingraham said.

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Ingraham added one more thing to think about for the GOP legislators.

“Just ask Jeff Flake how life is after the Democrats no longer had any use for him,” Ingraham said.

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Dr. Marc Siegel sounds alarm over China’s ‘reckless’ and ‘really scary’ response to coronavirus

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Fox News medical analyst Dr. Marc Siegel joined “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday to give an update on the coronavirus that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has spread to several other countries, with at least five reported cases in the United States.

“I’ve been studying contagions for a really long time, and I’ve never seen anything like this,” Dr. Siegel said.

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Late Monday, the Chinese government said that at least 106 deaths had been attributed to the coronavirus, with more than 4,500 cases confirmed in the country.

Earlier Monday, the State Department urged Americans to reconsider traveling to Wuhan and said it had ordered all non-emergency U.S. personnel and their families to leave China.

Siegel blamed Chinese authorities for just now beginning to impose quarantines and travel restrictions in and around Wuhan a full year after the virus was first reported, calling their inaction “reckless and really, really scary.”

He also said he “has reason to believe” that the actual number of cases in China is far greater than the number the local authorities have reported, which could impact how the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) responds to the rapidly spreading contagion.

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“The numbers are suddenly skyrocketing. For months there was word coming out of China that people were getting sick from a strange illness and people were dying,” Siegel said. “Are they really on all of the death certificates [from] this virus? Do we know people that had this? Or do they think they had the flu?

“We don’t know if this is more contagious or deadly than the flu. We need to know that. We are studying these five people [in the U.S.] very, very carefully. But that’s what should’ve been done in China from the beginning. And it wasn’t. I am positive that there are thousands and thousands of cases that never came to light here.”

Siegel praised the CDC, calling them a “shining light in the darkness.”

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“They have looked at 110 cases already, found five — all of whom have traveled from Wuhan — and ruled out 32 cases that did not have it. They are teaching us as we go now how contagious this is,” he said. “I am very proud of our own government CDC. Not what is going on in China.”

Reiterating his warnings against traveling to China until the virus is contained, Siegel said U.S. citizens may be allowed to enter China, but that their access out of the country is not guaranteed.

“Viewers need to know,” Siegel said. “You can get there and China can say that you can’t go back. ‘You can’t leave. We are not letting you out. We are afraid that you might have the Wuhan coronavirus.'”

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“So,” he continued, “I would tell everybody unless they absolutely have to, to stay out of China. And I’m not trying to say, by the way, that all parts of China are equally affected. That is not my point. But you could go there and they could decide, ‘Whoops, now you’re in the area we are worried about,’ and not let you go home.”

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