Who is a person to believe — Donald Trump or his former National Security Adviser John (the mustache) Bolton? Let us see, on one hand we have an orange man in makeup who has told over 16,000+ lies so far. On the other hand, we have a “nasty, brutish” and terse albeit traditional man, according to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Trump’s impeachment case defense has hung upon one of the president’s claims. According to the president, he informed Bolton that freeing the $391 million military aid for the war-torn Ukrainians had nothing to do with the investigation into his political opponents. Bolton’s leaked transcript said otherwise.
Trump tweeted a rash of messages in the middle of the night. He was accusing Bolton of saying this to promote his new book. POTUS’ feelings were still sore from being only the third president in history to be impeached.
On the eve of the Republicans’ opening statement, The New York Times broke the news that Bolton’s book transcript, The Room Where It Happened:
‘…Trump said during an August meeting that he wanted to continue a freeze on the nearly $400 million in security aid for Ukraine until the government there agreed to investigate Biden and other Democrats.’
Trump tweeted his argument against his former national security advisor:
‘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…’
The Times’ jarring news was in direct odds with the White House’s attorneys’ and Trump’s private attorneys’ main premise: Trump did not tie the military aid to his 2020 presidential contender former Vice President Joe Biden investigations.
Bolton’s attorney said that he gave the White House a copy of Bolton’s manuscript for review seeking classified information, which has always been the process. The seven House impeachment managers (aka attorneys) released this statement:
‘There is no defensible reason to wait until his book is published, when the information he has to offer is critical to the most important decision Senators must now make — whether to convict the President of impeachable offenses.’
Even though Bolton has offered to testify before the Senate with a subpoena, the Senate Republicans have remained steadfast in their halt of trial witnesses. Why? Good question, because a trial without witnesses and evidence cannot really be called a trial. It would merely be a lawyerly presentation.
The former national security adviser has said he had relevant information to the ongoing impeachment proceedings and that he would comply with a Senate subpoena.
Bolton worked for Trump from April 2018 to September 2019. Eventually, he was fired, because he could not play nice with all the White House sycophants or suck up to the boss.
Trump warned that he would invoke executive privilege and block Bolton’s testimony.
Twitter world had fun with POTUS’ tweets. Enjoy some of our favorites below:
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