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Impeachment: Where does it go? What does it portend?

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A moment of uncertainty has entered the Trump impeachment proceedings.

There is now a witness. It is Trump's former national security adviser, John Bolton. He has a book coming out in March, outlines of which were leaked to the New York Times.

"President Trump told his national security adviser in August that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens," said the NYT report.

You could call it extortion, a demand for a bribe, or a quid pro quo. In this context, Bolton is an extraordinarily credible witness. Previously, he was a neo-con hero to I-want-more-war Republicans, and a dangerous right-wing loon to Democrats. It is relatively hard for Republicans to attack him, though they have already started and will continue to do so.

Bolton's claim directly undercuts Trump's defence. At least as to what actually happened.

His book also depicts acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Attorney General William Barr as all telling lies about what they knew and when they knew it.

Until this moment it seemed absolutely certain that the Senate Republicans would not vote to find........

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