Democratic senator on proposal to read Bolton manuscript in classified setting: 'Total bulls---t'

Democratic senator on proposal to read Bolton manuscript in classified setting: 'Total bulls---t'
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Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyConnecticut senators call for Subway to ban open carry of firearms Democrats optimistic about chances of winning Senate Gridlock mires chances of police reform deal MORE (D-Conn.) voiced his disdain Tuesday afternoon for the proposal by GOP senators that would allow members of the upper chamber to read over former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonTrump envoy says US ready to talk to North Korea but rebukes Pyongyang counterpart Why Trump can't make up his mind on China The benefits of American disinterest in world affairs MORE’s unpublished book manuscript in a classified setting.

"It's total bullshit," Murphy said when asked about the idea during a recess from the Senate impeachment trial.

"You have to be able to put John Bolton under oath and question him," he added. "[GOP senators] are so scared of his testimony because they know it blows a giant hole in the president's case."

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The Connecticut senator said that we would vote against such a motion.

Murphy's assertions come as Democrats and Republicans in the Senate debate whether or not new witnesses will be called to give testimony during the ongoing impeachment trial of President TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE, given the newest claims made by the former national security adviser.  

Senate Democrats need four GOP swing votes to force additional testimony, such as Bolton's.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerA renewed emphasis on research and development funding is needed from the government Data shows seven Senate Democrats have majority non-white staffs Trump may be DACA participants' best hope, but will Democrats play ball? MORE (D-N.Y.) also dismissed the idea of reviewing the manuscript in a classified setting Tuesday, calling it "absurd."

Monday night, Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordTulsa to resume search for race massacre mass graves next week GOP senators debate replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday Trump calls for Congress to take action against 'lowlifes' who burn American flag MORE (R-Okla.) said that the White House should give senators access to Bolton's draft.

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In the draft excerpts that were first reported on by The New York Times, Bolton asserts that President Trump linked congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine with an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Tammy Duckworth is the epitome of the American Dream Mexico's president uses US visit to tout ties with Trump MORE

Bolton sent a copy of his manuscript to the White House late last year to make sure that no classified information was being revealed.

Trump's dealings with Ukraine are at the center of his ongoing impeachment trial in the Senate. 

In addition, on Tuesday, the president's defense team wrapped up its opening arguments. The impeachment trial is now adjourned until Wednesday afternoon, when senators on both sides of the aisle will begin questioning.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad State and local officials beg Congress to send more election funds ahead of November Teacher's union puts million behind ad demanding funding for schools preparing to reopen MORE (R-Ky.) announced that the questioning period would last two days — Wednesday and Thursday — with each session lasting up to eight hours.