Former national security adviser John Bolton reportedly claims in his upcoming memoir that President Trump told him in August that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
Multiple sources familiar with Bolton’s unpublished manuscript told The New York Times that he writes that President Trump personally told him that $391 million in aid to Ukraine should be frozen until Ukrainian officials announced the investigations, including one into the Democratic National Committee.
The book, which does not currently have a publication date, has reportedly been submitted to the White House for review.
The bombshell report comes as the Senate continues to debate whether to allow witnesses in Trump’s ongoing impeachment trial beyond those who spoke to House investigators in past months.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who has pressed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to allow such witnesses to testify, reiterated his demand following news of Bolton’s allegations.
“John Bolton has the evidence,” he tweeted. “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.”
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.https://t.co/JbazBaYdRU
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 26, 2020
The Times notes:
The book presents an outline of what Mr. Bolton might testify to if he is called as a witness in the Senate impeachment trial, the people said. The White House could use the pre-publication review process, which has no set time frame, to delay or even kill the book’s publication or omit key passages.
Over dozens of pages, Mr. Bolton described how the Ukraine affair unfolded over several months until he departed the White House in September. He described not only the president’s private disparagement of Ukraine but also new details about senior cabinet officials who have publicly tried to sidestep involvement.