'Holy crap!' Bolton 'directly implicated' Pat Cipollone as a 'fact witness' in Trump impeachment trial
White House counsel Pat Cipollone (Photo: Screen capture)

John Bolton released another new bombshell in his forthcoming book -- and places President Donald Trump's lead impeachment attorney as a fact witness in the Ukraine extortion plot.

The former national security adviser revealed that Trump asked for his assistance in May to extract damaging information from Ukraine's government about Joe Biden, and Bolton wrote that White House counsel Pat Cipollone and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney were present in the Oval Office for that conversation, reported the New York Times.

The revelation -- which came hours after Republicans appeared to have sewn up the votes needed to bar new witness testimony -- shocked readers.