In an apparent attempt to seek calm in light of the leaks from former National Security Adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wy.) may have actually revealed a flaw in President Trump's defense.
Barrasso on Monday said during a press conference on impeachment that there's "nothing new" in Bolton's revelations about Trump's alleged Ukraine quid pro quo, and that it seems "to be an effort to sell books," echoing comments from his colleague Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) from earlier in the day. But it was subsequently pointed out that admitting there's "nothing new" in Bolton's book is not the best look for a Republican, since it would seemingly reveal that GOP lawmakers have always known what occurred between the Trump administration and Ukraine.
If that is indeed the case, they'll have to either continue feigning ignorance or just come out and say they don't have a problem with Trump's actions.
I mean he's right, the senate already knows that Trump did this and why, and it's just a matter of whether they'll pretend to not know, decide it's actually good, or... https://t.co/ORBkGYOYdn
— Tim Murphy (@timothypmurphy) January 27, 2020