Trump slams Bolton after book details leaked to media

The big news this weekend was the leaked transcript of the soon-to-be-released book by former National Security Adviser John Bolton.

According to the New York Times, Bolton claims in the still-unpublished memoir that Trump was holding back Ukraine aid for dirt on the Bidens. After the news broke, President Trump went for Bolton’s jugular on Twitter.

The Bolton book

We all knew Bolton had a book coming out soon, so it was just a matter of time before this bombshell hit. Conveniently, the transcript was leaked to the media just as Trump’s legal team was getting its chance to rebut the dozens of hours of Democrat impeachment arguments.

The New York Times reported that Bolton had sent his transcript to the White House for approval but that he had also given several close associates a copy to get their input.

The Times leaned toward one of Bolton’s associates leaking the information, but Bolton came out to shoot down that theory right away. Bolton denied giving the transcript to anyone but the White House, placing the blame for the leak on Trump’s people.

The part of the transcript that Democrats are latching onto, however, is not quite as damaging as Democrats are making it out to be.

Trump’s defense

According to the Times, Bolton claims in the book that President Trump told him that he “preferred” to hold the Ukraine aid until the country had turned over everything it had on the Bidens.

Trump, as stated above, immediately refuted this account…

First and foremost, the language used here is key, as “preferred” is far different than insisted upon or demanded. Besides, we already know the aid was released with no restrictions, so this clearly was not a requirement for Trump, just a preference.

The second thing to consider is the day after the leak was made public, pre-sale links for Bolton’s book went up online, which was also very convenient timing. This looks like a PR stunt by Bolton’s marketing team to drive book sales and give him an instant best-seller.

Bolton’s attorney issued a statement trying to place the blame “other” parties, stating, “It is clear, regrettably, from the New York Times article published today that the pre-publication review process has been corrupted and that information has been disclosed by persons other than those properly involved in reviewing the manuscript.”

Knowing how marketing agents work, Bolton’s attorney has little to stand on by trying to blame this on administration officials responsible for clearing the content of the book.

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