Trump questions Bolton’s motives amid book leaks: Why now?

Democrats’ calls for former National Security Adviser John Bolton to testify in the Senate’s ongoing impeachment trial grew more strident after The New York Times claimed on Sunday that Bolton’s new book alleges outright that Trump tied military aid to Ukraine to an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.

But for his part, the president has staunchly denied Bolton’s alleged assertions — and now, he wants to know why all of this didn’t come up “a long time ago.”

Why now?

In a tweet posted just after midnight Washington time on Wednesday, Trump called the allegations reportedly lodged by Bolton “nonsense.”

Continuing his series of Bolton-related tweets, the president went on to accuse the former National Security adviser of making numerous “mistakes” in judgment.

Bolton’s “nonsense”

Trump’s broadsides against Bolton’s credibility came days after the president initially denied the claims put forward in the anonymously sourced, incredibly vague, and apparently leak-based report from the Times regarding Bolton’s book.

Late Sunday night, Trump wrote in a tweet that he “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,” Trump added.

He went on to assert that transcripts of his phone calls with Ukrainian leadership are available, and they provide “all the proof that is needed, in addition to the fact that [Ukraine] President [Volodymyr] Zelensky [and] the Foreign Minister of Ukraine said there was no pressure and no problems.”

“Additionally, I met with President Zelensky at the United Nations…and released the military aid to Ukraine without any conditions or investigations — and far ahead of schedule,” Trump added. “I also allowed Ukraine to purchase Javelin anti-tank missiles. My [a]dministration has done far more than the previous [a]dministration.”

President Trump’s tweets about Bolton make it clear that he not only disputes the claims purportedly made by Bolton in his forthcoming book, but also has some serious questions about why they’re just now coming up. What gives, John?

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