John Bolton Denies ‘Coordination’ with NYT After Book Details Leaks

John Bolton Denies ‘Coordination’ with NYT After Book Details Leaks

John Bolton Denies ‘Coordination’ with NYT After Book Details Leaks

A spokesperson for former White House National Security Advisor John Bolton denied Monday that he or his publishers coordinated with the New York Times after the newspaper published claims in his upcoming book about President Donald Trump and Ukraine.

“Ambassador John Bolton, Simon & Schuster, and Javelin Literary categorically state that there was absolutely no coordination with the New York Times or anyone else regarding the appearance of information about his book, THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENED, at online booksellers. Any assertion to the contrary is unfounded speculation,” Bolton aide Sarah Tinsley said in a statement.

The denial comes after the Times reported that Bolton’s book alleges President Trump sought to make U.S. military aid to Ukraine conditional, in exchange for inquiries into “Democrats.”

The Times reported:

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to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens, according to an unpublished manuscript by the former adviser, John R. Bolton.

The president’s statement as described by Mr. Bolton could undercut a key element of his impeachment defense: that the holdup in aid was separate from Mr. Trump’s requests that Ukraine announce investigations into his perceived enemies, including former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter Biden, who had worked for a Ukrainian energy firm while his father was in office.

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.

Earlier Monday, President Donald Trump fired off a series of tweets rejecting the claims, affirming the never sought to link aide to any investigations.

…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…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2020

…(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.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2020

Speaking to reporters during an Oval Office meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the president reaffirmed Bolton’s purported claims were categorically “false.”

“I haven’t seen a manuscript, but I can tell you nothing was ever said to John Bolton,” he added. “I guess he’s writing a book. I have not seen it.”

The White House National Security Council confirmed that it received a draft of the book for review, but noted that White House staff outside the NSC had not looked it over.

“Ambassador Bolton’s manuscript was submitted to the NSC for pre-publication review and has been under initial review by the NSC,” said spokesman John Ullyot. “No White House personnel outside NSC have reviewed the manuscript.”

This story is developing. Check Breitbart News for updates. 

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