Bolton’s Book Claims Trump Directed Withholding of Ukraine Aid for Biden Investigations: Report

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton wrote in a draft book manuscript that President Donald Trump told him he wanted to withhold military aid to Ukraine until an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, was launched, as The New York Times reports.

The bombshell report comes just a few weeks after Bolton and his lawyers submitted the manuscript to the White House for review, a common legal practice amongst former officials who want to write about their experience in office.

In his upcoming book “The Room Where It Happened; A White House Memoir,” Bolton claims that Trump wanted the freezing of $391 million of military aid to continue until Ukraine helped investigate Democrats such as the Bidens. The Associated Press confirmed the Times’ report.

The report directly contradicts a major defense from Trump’s team in the impeachment trial, which is that Trump never held the aid to pressure the Ukrainians and was only interested in rooting out corruption in the country. The news could ramp up pressure on Senate Republicans to call Bolton forward as a witness.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) responded to the news by calling for four moderate Republicans in the Senate to vote to allow new witnesses and evidence. Republicans in the Senate control the rules of the trial with their majority and thus far seem likely to prevent any witnesses from testifying.

“It’s up to four Senate Republicans to ensure that John Bolton, Mick Mulvaney, and the others with direct knowledge of President Trump’s actions testify in the Senate trial,” Schumer tweeted.

Trump and Senate Republicans have long contested that if Bolton were to testify, it should have happened during the impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives. However, when House Democrats asked Bolton to testify and the White House blocked him, they opted to move forward with the inquiry without waiting for the courts to decide on whether he had to appear. Bolton has said that he would testify in the Senate if he were subpoenaed.

On Monday morning, the president continued that line of attack on Twitter.

“The Democrat controlled House never even asked John Bolton to testify,” he said. “It is up to them, not up to the Senate!”

House Democrats did, however, ask Bolton to testify. But he refused on orders from the White House. Trump also claimed that Bolton is only making these allegations to help sell copies of his forthcoming book.

“I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens,” Trump tweeted. “In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination. If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book.”

Published in IJR

Responses

  1. Here we go again the media and the demwites going all out listen to another whistle blower, before getting the facts. They call for impeachment on a phone call that wasn’t released yet and it didn’t have the evidence that they needed. So schiffy had to make it up. You know his parody, otherwise know as the lies he said. That’s why he had to say it was a parody. So why should Trumps lawyers even address Bolton book. It’s just here say right now. Bolton just wants to sell books. He is in it to make $$$$$$

  2. “Former National Security Adviser John Bolton wrote in a draft book manuscript that President Donald Trump told him he wanted to withhold military aid to Ukraine until an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, was launched” Article

    We didn’t need an unpublished book by Bolton to know this. It was in pretty much everybody’s House testimony. What we do need is Bolton’s testimony under oath.

  3. First reaction: The NYT with its unnamed sources cannot be trusted.
    Second reaction (after report confirmed by Bolton’s team): He is part of the deep state and/or a spurned former employee.
    Third reaction (when, not if): Sure Trump said that, what’s the problem?

  4. 1 – never believe the Times
    2 – always wait a few days when a new “bombshell” drops
    3 – Notice when Bolton’s Amazon page went live, timing.
    4 – IF, again, IF this is true, notice the timing, as in Biden was not a candidate (and he’s still not Trump’s competition – no one has won a dem nomination.
    5 – people will be fooled again.

    1. “4 – IF, again, IF this is true, notice the timing…” Sherri

      If true, NOTICE THE DETAILS AND FACTS! (real facts, not trumpian alternative facts)

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