Bolton, the smoking gun?

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  1. IslandBites profile image86
    IslandBitesposted 2 months ago

    Former national security adviser John Bolton reportedly claims in his as yet unpublished memoir that President Trump sought to tie hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Ukraine to his requests for the country's leaders to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

    Trump told Bolton in August, according to a transcript of Bolton's forthcoming book reviewed by the Times, "that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens."

    The book, which does not have a publication date as of yet, has been submitted to the White House for review. White House officials did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill on the report.

    Bolton's lawyer confirmed the authenticity of the Times's report in a tweet, writing that he regretted that excerpts had been leaked during the classification and review process.

    Are you still OK with no witnesses? Would you rather wait for the book? Is Bolton part of the Deep State liberal mafia too?

    1. promisem profile image98
      promisemposted 2 months agoin reply to this

      I suspect Bolton is playing a game with the timing of both his book and his potential testimony.

      1. wilderness profile image95
        wildernessposted 2 months agoin reply to this

        What a shock - to think that someone would play games with the removal of a duly elected president!

        1. promisem profile image98
          promisemposted 2 months agoin reply to this

          That's not what I'm saying, although I understand why you would want to jump to that conclusion.

          I just think he's trying to maximize sales for his book.

          1. Randy Godwin profile image91
            Randy Godwinposted 2 months agoin reply to this

            Or he's trying to prevent a miscarriage of justice. Never had too much faith in Bolton, but always knew he was a patriot.

        2. Randy Godwin profile image91
          Randy Godwinposted 2 months agoin reply to this

          "duly" is subjective. And we don't want a criminal POTUS, do you?

    2. GA Anderson profile image92
      GA Andersonposted 2 months agoin reply to this

      Bolton could be the smoking gun if this is true.

      I am not sure how to find someone's twitter account, so I couldn't find the mentioned tweet from Bolton's lawyer confirming the leaked information, but I did find another 'The Hill' article, (maybe the same one quoted?), that included this blurb:

      "The attorney's statement stopped short of confirming the contents of the Times' report. Cooper did not respond to requests for comment from The Hill."
      Source: Bolton lawyer slams 'corrupted' White House review process after book leak

      Does anybody know how to find that lawyer's "confirming tweet"?

      Otherwise, it seems The Hill is saying the lawyer confirmed there was a leak, but not the contents of the leak.

      Either way, it's a hot potato. Let's see who's lap it lands in.


      1. IslandBites profile image86
        IslandBitesposted 2 months agoin reply to this

        I dont think it was a tweet.

        On December 30, 2019, I submitted, on behalf of Ambassador Bolton, a book manuscript to the National Security Council’s Records Management Division for standard prepublication security review for classified information. As explained in my cover letter to Ellen J. Knight, Senior Director of the Records Management Division, we submitted the manuscript notwithstanding our firm belief that the manuscript contained no information that could reasonably be considered classified and on the assurance that the 'process of reviewing submitted materials is restricted to those career government officials and employees regularly charged with responsibility for such reviews' and that the 'contents of Ambassador Bolton’s manuscript will not be reviewed or otherwise disclosed to any persons not regularly involved in that process.'"

        Bolton's team declined to "speculate" to Fox News as to how a description of his manuscript might have leaked to the Times. Additionally, Bolton's representatives made clear he was not denying the Times' claim concerning the Ukraine aid holdup and the possible investigation of the Bidens. - FoxNews

    3. Eastward profile image95
      Eastwardposted 2 months agoin reply to this

      Let the man testify.

  2. Readmikenow profile image96
    Readmikenowposted 2 months ago

    This was a dirty trick by the Democrats.  His manuscript was sent for review, which means it has many changes that can be made to it.  Now, his attorney claims the White House leaked the information?  I would like to ask his attorney why such an allegation with no proof? How would the White House benefit from it?  Seems like another unsubstantiated claim. 

    Also, I say, so what?  The United States ties aid with all sorts of conditions.  The bottom line is this is nothing new.  It's happened with every presidential administration. 

    “The Times reported that Bolton had given the draft of his book to some friends and to the White House as a part of a standard review process for former officials.
    After The Times published its story on the manuscript, Bolton's lawyer released a statement saying he did not believe any part of the manuscript was classified and accusing the White House of leaking the information to The Times, saying "the prepublication review process has been corrupted." … nyt-2020-1

    Five Times Obama Put Conditions on Foreign Aid and Democrats Didn’t Care … idnt-care/

    1. Randy Godwin profile image91
      Randy Godwinposted 2 months agoin reply to this

      Wrong again, Mike. It wasn't US policy to hold up the funding, no matter how many times you claim it was. Giving his personal attorney permission to get involved in Ukraine's affairs was not policy. To claim to be so smart, you ought to be able to figure this out.

  3. PrettyPanther profile image82
    PrettyPantherposted 2 months ago

    I think that Bolton's testimony could be a smoking gun for those who are willing to listen. I am not optimistic that GOP senators fall into that category.


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