WH Press Secretary Speaks Out on the Timing of Bolton Leak
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On Monday, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham spoke out on the timing of the leak relating to John Bolton's new book.
Over the weekend, The New York Times released information relating to an excerpt from Bolton's new book which stated that President Trump told him that aid to Ukraine was withheld until the Ukrainians announced investigations into the Bidens.
Read what was said by The New York Times below:
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to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens, according to an unpublished manuscript by the former adviser, John R. Bolton. …
Mr. Bolton’s explosive account of the matter at the center of Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial, the third in American history, was included in drafts of a manuscript he has circulated in recent weeks to close associates. He also sent a draft to the White House for a standard review process for some current and former administration officials who write books.
Multiple people described Mr. Bolton’s account of the Ukraine affair. 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.
According to Grisham, the timeline of events just doesn't add up.
“Our team just went on Saturday and in two hours undid all of the hours and hours, in 24 hours, that the Dems did in the Senate trial,” Grisham said on Fox News. “It’s very clear the president did nothing wrong. Suddenly, this manuscript has magically appeared in the hands of The New York Times.”
The timing is “very, very suspect" she added.
Bolton's book which is titled, “The Room Where it Happened,” was sent to the White house in late December according to Grisham and has been “something we have kept walled off for obvious reasons” as it “could be a conflict with the trial going on.”
She also noted that there is “nothing that I have seen and nothing that I know about in terms of what they would remove for national security.
“I don’t know if they have done anything, if they have made any edits yet for the national security and if there is any classified information out there,’ said Grisham. “But, if there is, it’s a very, very dangerous precedent to set once again.”
President Trump has also shot down Bolton's claims. On Sunday, the President took to Twitter to hammer Bolton.
“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,” President Trump tweeted.
“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,” the President continued.
“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,” President Trump added. “I also allowed Ukraine to purchase Javelin anti-tank missiles. My Administration has done far more than the previous Administration.”
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