DOJ disputes report on Bolton conversation with Barr about foreign leaders

DOJ disputes report on Bolton conversation with Barr about foreign leaders

The Department of Justice said in a statement Monday night that a report based John Bolton's new book about a conversation the former national security adviser had last year with Attorney General William Barr about President Trump's relationship with foreign leaders "grossly" mischaracterized the exchange.

The New York Times reported that it obtained a manuscript of Bolton’s book "The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir," and published reports about it during Trump's Senate impeachment trial.

The DOJ said it did not review the manuscript but said there was never any discussion about Trump's "undue influence" on investigations, "nor did Attorney General Barr state that the President’s conversations with foreign leaders was improper."

"If this is truly what Mr. Bolton has written, then it seems he is attributing to Attorney General Barr his own current views – views with which Attorney General Barr does not agree," the statement read.

Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard Law professor, delivered a constitutional defense of Trump Monday at his impeachment trial and flatly turned toward House impeachment managers and declared they had picked "dangerous" and "wrong" charges against the president -- noting that neither "abuse of power" nor "obstruction of Congress" was remotely close to an impeachable offense as the framers had intended.

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