The Republican National Committee (RNC) on Monday, Jan. 27, slammed former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s leaked information of his forthcoming book to New York Times concerning the matter at the heart of impeachment as the Kavanaugh 2.0.

“Furthermore, there are glaring issues with The New York Times story on the leaked manuscript,” RNC’s Steve Guest wrote, the Fox News reported. “Not only does it omit direct quotes from Bolton’s manuscript, it doesn’t cite any named sources.”

“This is the 2.0 version of the Democrats’ failed Kavanaugh playbook,” Guest added, comparing the last-minute nature of the Bolton revelations to the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation proceedings. 

The Times on Sunday reported that Bolton’s book will say President Donald Trump wanted to withhold the U.S. military assistance to Ukraine until the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy committed to opening investigations into Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden.

Bolton and his publishing team on Monday denied that they coordinate with the Times or anyone regarding the information in his book.

The report came amid an intensifying battle between President Trump’s defense team and the House managers over whether to call additional witnesses. 

Democrats want to hear from a number of key current and former Trump administration members including Bolton and need four Republicans to join them for the vote. 

Some Republicans on Monday appeared increasingly open to the idea of hearing Bolton and other witnesses testify with GOP Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah saying that “it’s very likely” he will vote for additional witnesses and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine stating that the report “strengthen the case for witnesses.”

However, the timing has led some Republicans to raise questions about the report.

Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming dismissed the new information as an “effort to sell books.” Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) accused Democrats of trying to “change the narrative and selectively leak information.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) asked, “Why didn’t John Bolton testify to the US House? Apparently his book wasn’t quite finished yet for presales!”

President Trump said that the report was false and he “never” told his former aide that the aid was tied to investigations, suggesting Bolton was only raising the allegations to promote his upcoming book.

Following the report, House managers on Monday continued to push their call for witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial—particularly Bolton—while President Trump’s legal team dismissed Bolton’s claim as “speculation” and “allegations that are not based on evidentiary standards.”

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