The argument was meant to avoid calls from Democrats to witnesses, including Bolton, who writes in an upcoming book that Trump told him he wanted to withhold Ukraine's military aid until he helped with investigations into Democratic rival Joe Biden.
Trump's legal team sought to minimize the importance of Bolton's unpublished book manuscript that describes Trump's central role in a pressure campaign aimed at getting Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to face Trump in this year's election.
Some Republicans, including Senator Pat Toomey, want reciprocity: bring Bolton or another Democratic witness in exchange for one on the side of the Republican Party. In it, he dismissed Bolton's claims as "pretty close to incredible" and said "I can't imagine" Trump making the purported comments.
Impeachment "is not a game of leaks and unsourced manuscripts", Sekulow said. US senators will then have 16 hours over two days, starting on Wednesday, to ask questions of the defense and House managers, who are acting as prosecutors in the case. Democrats still have tied their hopes up to four Republicans changing their minds on a procedural vote scheduled for later this week, but even after the Bolton revelation, it seems unlikely that enough Republicans will break ranks so that witnesses will be called.
"The Republicans can call who they want".
On Tuesday, as he was resting his case, Cipollone carried out video clips from Residence Democrats by way of the presidential impeachment of Bill Clinton - along with plenty of who for the time being are managers of the Trump impeachment trial - in an try to depict them as hypocritical for sounding the alarm then regarding the partisan dangers of impeachment.
Democrats are keen to hear in-person testimony from former national-security adviser John Bolton and perhaps others who have first-hand knowledge of Trump's dealings with Ukraine - the focal point of the impeachment case.
Trump complained anew at a rally in Wildwood, New Jersey, focusing on Democrats rather than Republican senators.
Schumer made a fresh appeal for four Republican senators - the number needed for a majority - to join Democrats in voting to call witnesses.
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Several moderate Republicans, including Mitt Romney, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, have said they may be interested in hearing Bolton and others testify.
Chuck Schumer, the Senate's best Democrat, known as an offer for senators to be proven the manuscript in non-public, protecting Bolton out of public testimony, "absurd". That would leave a vote on witnesses for Friday.
Trump's defense team has hinted it would invoke executive privilege to block Bolton from testifying, which is unlikely to hold up in federal court if challenged.
The GOP leader faced a handful of potential defections and put off a vote on potential witnesses until later in the week.
The argument constructed on a separate one Monday evening from Trump lawyer Alan Dershowitz, who mentioned that not anything within the manuscript - despite the fact that true - rises to the extent of an impeachable offense. Some Republicans want to know about the Bidens.
When asked if John Bolton should testify at Trump's impeachment trial, former Chief of Staff John Kelly told an audience: "John's an honest guy".
The majority leader, Mitch McConnell, gathered Republican senators again Tuesday night to consider the next steps.
"Every single time I was with him. he always gave the president the unvarnished truth", the retired general said.
However following a NY city Times paper report about what remains in the book, Democrats state Bolton can supply first- hand understanding of Trump's pressure campaign.