‘It’s only to sell a book’: Trump fires back at Bolton’s leaked manuscript claims, Dems pounce hard

Screen capture … President Trump and John Bolton … Credit: ITV News

On Sunday the New York Times published an article claiming that, based on an as-yet unpublished book manuscript by former national security adviser John Bolton, “President Trump told his national security adviser in August that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens.”

Trump returned serve on Twitter, rebutting Bolton’s reported claims.  He wrote he “NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens.” He also said Bolton was simply trying “to sell a book.”

The resulting uproar over the newspaper’s report has almost as much to do with the fact that the book manuscript leaked to the Times from the National Security Council’s (NSC’s) review process of pending manuscripts, as the content of the revelations revealed in the Times report. According to the paper, Bolton shared copies of the manuscript with “close associates,” implying that was how they obtained a copy.

Others, including Trump, clearly believe that based on the timing of the article that the Times article is free promotional publicity for amping up book sales. Tellingly, Amazon also opened up pre-orders for Bolton’s book on Sunday, so circumstantial evidence suggests Bolton sold his soul for a few pieces of silver.

However, Bolton’s team pointed the finger at a “corrupted” NSC review process that is prone to leaks. Bolton attorney Chuck Cooper’s statement was circulating on Twitter …

An NSC pre-publication review is standard procedure for any former government officials with security clearances who publicly write or speak publicly about their official work. Classified or sensitive material would normally be sifted out in the review before publication.

Many believe the Bolton book is about revenge …

Democrats Want Bolton to Testify

House impeachment managers wasted no time reacting to the Times article as they issued a statement claiming, “There can be no doubt now that Mr. Bolton directly contradicts the heart of the President’s defense and therefore must be called as a witness at the impeachment trial of President Trump.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer jumped on the “Bolton must testify” bus as well …


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