According to a new bombshell report from the New York Times this Friday, one of President Trump's lead attorneys in his impeachment trial was present in the Oval Office for a conversation in May where Trump asked former national security adviser John Bolton for his assistance in pressuring Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.
According to Bolton's upcoming tell-all book, White House counsel Pat Cipollone and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney were present in the Oval Office between Trump and Bolton.
The fact that a member of Trump's legal team may now actually be a fact witness in his trial was not lost on many legal experts on Twitter:
New #BoltonBook revelations add pressure to #BoltonMustTestify 1. Changes Timeline as we know it 2. Trump "directe… https://t.co/Un6E3bzv76— Ryan Goodman (@Ryan Goodman)1580491319.0
Note the new relevant witness : Cipollone. Seems like that should have been disclosed. https://t.co/HZy2TVmOug— Michael R. Bromwich (@Michael R. Bromwich)1580491206.0
Statements made to further conceal A CRIME or perpetuate A FRAUD are not protected. Which mean Cipollone CAN be as… https://t.co/VUcP4R3MJV— Elie Mystal (@Elie Mystal)1580491182.0
“I’m shocked that it implicates Cipollone,” said no one who watched the president’s lawyers lie to the American peo… https://t.co/StRMbqtNGU— Glenn Kirschner (@Glenn Kirschner)1580491059.0
If this were true, then Cipollone would clearly be a fact witness in the matter in which he's currently participati… https://t.co/so6hGzRpmb— Nancy Leong (@Nancy Leong)1580490783.0
#Cipollone must come clean. Stephen Gillers' prescient piece analyzes House Manager's letter to Cipollone warning… https://t.co/YWjLNmN18Z— Ryan Goodman (@Ryan Goodman)1580492046.0
This is so damning. And if confirmed, Cipollone has been deliberately misleading throughout the defense, with a mas… https://t.co/Y5le38V9QR— Brian Klaas (@Brian Klaas)1580491913.0
This puts Cipollone’s letter declaring Trump would not cooperate in a whole new light. He wasn’t just trying to cov… https://t.co/LR8kGopgp3— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller)1580490615.0