Trump Flips Over Bolton, says He ‘NEVER’ Told Him Ukraine Aid Was Tied To Biden Investigations

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Donald Trump is all a flutter, as well you might expect, over the New York Times piece on Sunday, revealing that the White House is in possession of a manuscript wherein John Bolton tells all about Ukraine, to wit, that $391 Million in aid was withheld, pending investigations of Trump’s political rivals. Axios:

What he’s saying: “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,” Trump said.

“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. 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.”

And it goes without saying that Bolton’s commentary on Trump freezing $391 million in assistance to Ukraine until officials there “helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens” is fuel for the impeachment fire, providing a sound basis for Bolton to testify before the senate. 

Why this matters: The revelations present a dramatic 11th hour turn in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. They directly contradict Trump’s claim that he never tied the hold-up of Ukrainian aid to his demands for investigations into his political opponent Joe Biden. Trump strongly denied Bolton’s claims early Monday.

  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has already seized on the story, tweeting: “John Bolton has the evidence. It’s up to four Senate Republicans to ensure that John Bolton, Mick Mulvaney, and the others with direct knowledge of President Trump’s actions testify in the Senate trial.”

  • The seven House impeachment managers echoed those sentiments, saying in a joint 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.”

Mitch McConnell went to great lengths to run out the impeachment clock by Friday, but it’s the wee hours of Monday morning in Washington at the time of this writing, and it will be interesting how McConnell, Cipollone or any of them find a way to whitewash this sufficiently to where it doesn’t look like what it is, a blatant attempt to keep as much pertinent evidence and testimony blocked from ever reaching the senate. Trump’s minions had planned to ignore facts and spin a public relations story — which is all their two hours of “defense” on Saturday was. Now it looks like it’s going to turn into a liars contest between Bolton and Trump — and actually, that may work out just fine. The only way that we could know for sure if Bolton is lying about what Trump said or didn’t say, is to put him on the stand.

It’s going to be a lonnnng week. No matter what happens, it will be one of the longest weeks of our lives, on that you may depend.

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Rutokin

I said a while ago that Bolton had an axe to grind with the turdmuffin and now his grinding may show its ugly face. The timing couldn’t be better. I think that after the tongue lashing that he took from grumplstiltskin he’s ready for retribution

DHG
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Thanks for confirming it Trump as we all know the truth is the opposite of what you speak,