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Schumer: Bolton allegation 'essentially confirms' first impeachment article against Trump

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerThe bizarre back story of the filibuster Hillicon Valley: Biden signs order on chips | Hearing on media misinformation | Facebook's deal with Australia | CIA nominee on SolarWinds House Rules release new text of COVID-19 relief bill MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday said that a New York Times report on allegations made by former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonTrump offered North Korea's Kim a ride home on Air Force One: report Key impeachment figure Pence sticks to sidelines Bolton lawyer: Trump impeachment trial is constitutional MORE in his upcoming memoir "essentially confirms" the first article of impeachment against President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE.

"This is stunning. It goes right to the heart of the charges against the president," Schumer told reporters. "Ambassador Bolton essentially confirms the president committed the offenses charged in the first article of impeachment.”

Schumer's remarks come after the Times reported on Sunday night that Bolton claims in his forthcoming memoir that President Trump tied Ukraine aid to help with investigations into Democrats, including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors Biden celebrates vaccine approval but warns 'current improvement could reverse' MORE and his son Hunter Biden.

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The report has upended the debate on Capitol Hill days ahead of an up-or-down vote on whether or not to allow new witnesses. Democrats will need four Republican senators to vote with them to successfully pave the way for witnesses. 

If they are successful, both sides would be expected to make motions for specific individuals, and the Senate would have to vote on each individual moton. 

"How can Senate Republicans not vote to call that witness, and request his documents," Schumer asked.

"How can Senate Republicans not vote to call that witness and request those documents? We’re all staring a White House cover-up in the face," Schumer continued.

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Memo: CPAC fires starting gun on 2024 Trump at CPAC foments 2022 GOP primary wars Democrats scramble to rescue minimum wage hike MORE (R-Utah) on Monday said he thought it was "increasingly likely" that other Republicans will support calling Bolton. But Romney stressed that he would not make a final decision on witnesses until after opening arguments and questions from senators. 

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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCollins urges Biden to revisit order on US-Canada border limits Media circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden Why the 'Never-Trumpers' flopped MORE (R-Maine) added in a statement that Bolton's allegations "strengthen the case" for witnesses.

"The reports about John Bolton's book strengthen the case for witness and have prompted a number of conversations among my colleagues," Collins said in a statement.

A group of GOP senators, including Romney and Collins, worked to get the language in the rules resolution that guaranteed a midtrial vote on whether or not witnesses would be allowed.