Republican Senators are angry and "feel blindsided" the White House did not tell them it had a draft copy of John Bolton's upcoming book before they defended President Trump's lies that he did not extort Ukraine. The New York Times late Sunday revealed it had obtained the unpublished manuscript in which Bolton writes that in August Trump told him he wanted to continue to withhold aid from Ukraine until they agreed to manufacture "dirt" on Joe Biden and Hunter Biden.
One of the authors of that NY Times article, Maggie Haberman, Monday added to her reporting, via Twitter:
Per sources, some GOP senators privately pushing White House for information on who at administration had visibilit… https://t.co/3BNLoa5bzv— Maggie Haberman (@Maggie Haberman) 1580132217.0
But many are convinced that Republican Senators had to have known that Trump was lying about his "perfect call" with Ukraine President Zelensky, as they lied for him.
And some experts are pointing to Haberman's tweet and doubting they didn't know – and accusing the lawmakers and Trump of engaging in a "cover up."
If any R’s are looking for cover - an excuse (not that they need one) to break ranks & end Trump’s cover up, they’v… https://t.co/K8L0R6hblN— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene) 1580133982.0
Understand why this is important: GOP Senators (and even House) have staked their careers on a defense story that t… https://t.co/hrguk4N5l2— Dr. emptywheel (@Dr. emptywheel) 1580133321.0
"How do you expect us to assist in your cover up if you don't tell us what we're supposed to be covering up?" 🙄 https://t.co/yGO1oUmjbK— scary lawyerguy (@scary lawyerguy) 1580132576.0
Senate GOP outraged that they weren’t more closely kept in the loop on coverup. https://t.co/93JWicXVq0— Michael Czin (@Michael Czin) 1580132364.0