Trump replies that he “never” linked military aid with investigations and highlights military aid delivered to Kiev
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (EUROPE PRESS) –
Former US National Security Adviser John Bolton reveals in his memoirs that US President Donald Trump told him in August that he wanted to continue blocking the delivery of the 391 million dollars of military aid to Ukraine until the authorities of Kiev pledged to investigate Hunter and Joe Biden, as they have told the newspaper 'The New York Times' several people who have been able to read the manuscript.
Bolton's statement in his book damages the main element of the defense of the president of the United States in the Senate political trial, where his lawyers have pointed out that blocking military aid was a completely separate issue from Trump's request to that the Ukrainian authorities investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
Bolton's version of the campaign of pressure on Ukraine is also at the center of the political trial, although the Senate has not yet approved that he be called to testify as a witness. The former National Security Advisor of the United States has provided copies of the manuscript to people around him and has sent one to the White House to submit it to the mandatory review process for senior positions and former senior officials in order to proceed with the publication of the book .
Bolton's book represents a sample of what his testimony could be if he was called to appear as a witness in the political trial against Trump that is being held in the Senate.
In the draft of the book sent to the White House in December for a review for security reasons, Bolton offers details of the campaign of pressure on Ukraine by Trump's environment and also tells how some senior officials tried to step aside for not get involved in those maneuvers.
Among other issues, he explains that the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, privately acknowledged that there was no reason to cease corruption by the then US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, as Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani had claimed .
In the process of reviewing the book in the White House, the Presidency of the United States may choose to delay its publication, to delete some passages from the text or even prohibit the publication of the manuscript.
After the publication of the news of the newspaper 'The New York Times', the president of the United States, Donald Trump, has said from his personal Twitter account that he “never” told Bolton that military aid to Ukraine was linked to an investigation about the Biden.
“I never told John Bolton that aid to Ukraine was linked to investigations into Democrats, including the Biden,” said the US president. “If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book,” he added.
Trump has once again defended the legality of his performance with Ukraine and has boasted that he finally delivered military aid to Kiev and even authorized the purchase of Javelin anti-tank missiles. “My Government has done much more than the previous Government,” he stressed.