While the impeachment trial rumbles on in the U.S. Senate, the New York Times cited the manuscript of an unpublished book by former National Security Adviser John Bolton, in which he said Trump told him he wanted to freeze security aid to Ukraine until it investigated former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, over alleged corruption.
President Trump was quick to respond, saying the allegations in the manuscript were "false."
Sitting alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office on Monday, President Trump claimed nothing was said to Bolton.
"Well, I haven't seen a manuscript but I can tell you nothing was ever said to John Bolton. But I have not seen a manuscript. I guess he's writing a book. I have not seen it."
Democrats have been insisting that the President used the 391 million U.S. dollars of military aid to Ukraine for his own personal political gain in the 2020 election.
With the latest development, Republicans in the Senate are facing fresh pressure to allow witnesses and new evidence in the impeachment trial, which they have so far refused to do so.
The latest revelation comes at a time when the 2020 U.S. Presidential election race is heating up with the February 3rd Iowa Caucuses less than a week away.
On the Republican side, President Trump is seeking his re-election this November, while a number of Democratic candidates, including former Vice President Joe Biden and senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, are hoping to challenge Trump in the election.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.