Democrats and their media allies went ballistic over an anonymously sourced report, published by the New York Times on Sunday, which asserted that former National Security Adviser John Bolton claimed in an upcoming book that President Donald Trump explicitly linked the temporarily-delayed Ukraine aid to certain requested investigations.
Trump, however, strongly denied saying any such thing to Bolton and defended his own actions toward Ukraine in a series of tweets on Sunday.
Trump denies charges
“I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens. 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,” President Trump tweeted.
I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens. 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. With that being said, the…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2020
“With that being said, the … transcripts of my calls with President Zelensky are all the proof that is needed, in addition to the fact that President Zelensky & the Foreign Minister of Ukraine said there was no pressure and no problems,” he continued.
“Additionally, I met with President Zelensky at the United Nations … (Democrats said I never met) and released the military aid to Ukraine without any conditions or investigations – and far ahead of schedule. I also allowed Ukraine to purchase Javelin anti-tank missiles. My Administration has done far more than the previous Administration,” the president added.
Trump also raised a valid point in that Bolton himself has never publicly expressed anything, whether opposition or support, with regard to the temporary hold that was placed on the aid to Ukraine.
Furthermore, the timing of the Times article and the upcoming release of Bolton’s book can’t be easily dismissed as a mere coincidence. It is obvious that there was at least some measure of coordination at some level so the “bombshell” article could be dropped right in the middle of the ongoing Senate impeachment trial.
That is especially pertinent in light of the fact that Democrats had already been demanding that Bolton be compelled to testify for the Senate.
Republicans opposed subpoenaing Bolton, until — voila — Bolton’s reported claim was leaked and immediately seized upon by Democrats and the media to increase pressure on moderate Republican senators who could be persuaded to support the call for Bolton.
As for the rest of President Trump’s thread, it was more or less a reiteration of his longstanding defense against the charges lodged against him by Democrats — he did nothing wrong, Ukraine ultimately got the military aid it needed, and President Volodymyr Zelensky eventually got a meeting with Trump.
Now we wait…
Of course, Democrats and the media will undoubtedly refuse to accept or believe President Trump’s denial of the supposed Bolton book allegations. Expect them to coninue insisting that the former adviser be called to testify in the impeachment trial.
Whether 51 senators eventually agree to issue a subpoena for Bolton’s testimony remains to be seen, as does what Bolton will actually testify to, so we will all just have to sit back and watch the impeachment charade continue.