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‘He broke the law’: President Trump Responds To ‘Wacko’ John Bolton’s Book

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In an exclusive interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity Wednesday night, President Donald Trump argued that his former national security adviser John Bolton “broke the law” by disclosing highly classified information about the President and his negotiations with China and Russia in his soon to be released memoir “The Room Where It Happened.”

“He broke the law,” Trump said. “He was a washed-up guy, I gave him a chance. He couldn’t get Senate confirmed, so I gave him a non-Senate confirmed position, where I could just put him there, see how he worked. I wasn’t very enamored.”

Trump added that the two disagreed on many issues, including whether to send U.S. troops to Iraq, which, he said, was a move that Bolton strongly supported. Trump, however, didn’t want that to happen even before he became president, he said.

“But, he broke the law. Very simple. I mean, as much as it’s gonna be broken. This is highly classified, that’s the highest stage. It’s highly classified information and he did not have approval. That’s come out now very loud and very strong,” Trump explained.

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Bolton’s book alleges that Trump gave “personal favors to dictators he liked.” One excerpt released early revealed an alleged conversation between Trump and China’s Xi Jinping in which Trump approved the continued detention of Uighur Muslims in concentration camps.

Trump, however, says he’s been the toughest President on China and commended the U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer for telling members of Congress that this week.

The Department of Justice has signaled that there could be charges against Bolton coming if the book is released because of the classified information disclosed.

“Nobody has been tougher on Russia or China, than I have. Nobody even close,” Trump said. “China’s paying billions of dollars a year, they never gave us ten cents, and Biden’s son walked away with a billion and a half dollars to manage making hundreds of thousands and millions of dollars on it,

He continued, “So, nobody has been tough on China, and nobody has been tough on Russia like I have. And that’s in the record books… The last administration did nothing on either.”

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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote

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The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

Fox News reports:

Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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