Bolton, publishers deny coordinating book leak with NYT

John BoltonJohn BoltonHave the courage to recognize Taiwan McConnell says Obama administration 'did leave behind' pandemic plan Trump company lawyer warned Michael Cohen not to write 'tell-all' book: report MORE and his publishing team are denying any claims that they leaked details of the former national security adviser's unpublished manuscript to The New York Times following a bombshell report in the newspaper Sunday night.

The Times first reported that Bolton's book will say President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE wanted to withhold nearly $400 million in U.S. aid to Ukraine until the country's president, Volodymyr Zelensky, committed to opening investigations, including into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition Biden: 'More than one African American woman' being considered for VP Liberal group asks Klobuchar to remove herself from VP consideration because of prosecutorial record MORE, a 2020 political rival.

The report came one day before the White House defense team was set to begin its second day of arguments fighting against the impeachment charges brought forward by House Democrats. The timing has led some Republicans to raise questions about the report.

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But Bolton and his team say "categorically" in a statement that did not work with the Times to publish such details.  

"There was absolutely no coordination with the New York Times or anyone else regarding the appearance of information about his book, THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENED, at online booksellers," Bolton, Simon & Schuster, and Javelin Literary said in a joint statement.
 
"Any assertion to the contrary is unfounded speculation," they added.
 
And while Bolton's legal team has slammed the "corrupted" White House book review process after the details of the unpublished manuscript leaked, neither Bolton nor his representatives have denied the reports about what he has written.

Still, the Times report has sparked a wave of reactions on Capitol Hill, with Democrats stepping up their calls for witnesses to testify.

And some Republicans on Monday appeared increasingly open to the idea of hearing Bolton and other witnesses testify following news of the report.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) recently said that “it’s very likely” he’ll vote for additional witnesses.

But it's unclear if Democrats will get the four Republican votes needed to call witnesses. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSchumer to GOP: Cancel 'conspiracy hearings' on origins of Russia probe Overnight Health Care: Trump says US 'terminating' relationship with WHO | Cuomo: NYC on track to start reopening week of June 8 | COVID-19 workplace complaints surge 10 things to know today about coronavirus MORE (R-Ky.) and other Republicans have been against the idea, arguing that the House should've subpoenaed Bolton during their impeachment inquiry rather than wait until the Senate trial to pursue such evidence.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffFlynn urged Russian diplomat to have 'reciprocal' response to Obama sanctions, new transcripts show The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation Hillicon Valley: Trump signs order targeting social media legal protections | House requests conference with Senate after FISA vote canceled | Minneapolis systems temporarily brought down by hackers MORE (D-Calif.), the lead impeachment manager, has defended not subpoenaing Bolton, arguing that they would've still be fighting the former Trump official in the courts for his testimony if they had gone down that path.

Schiff on Monday told reporters that in order for the Senate to give a fair trial over Trump's contacts with Ukraine, they must be able to call Bolton and other witnesses to testify.