Bolton confirms Trump put pressure on Ukraine to investigate his rivals – NYT

Bolton confirms Trump put pressure on Ukraine to investigate his rivals – NYT

18.06.2020 10:41

John R. Bolton, the former national security adviser, confirms in his new book that President Donald Trump linked the suspended security aid to his insistence that Ukraine investigate his political rivals.

This is stated in an article of The New York Times concerning Bolton’s book “The Room Where It Happened” in advance of its scheduled publication next Tuesday.

On August 20, Mr. Bolton writes, Mr. Trump “said he wasn’t in favor of sending them [the Ukrainian side] anything until all the Russia-investigation materials related to Clinton and Biden had been turned over.” 

Mr. Bolton writes that he, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper tried eight to 10 times to get Mr. Trump to release the aid.

In addition, Bolton says in his new book that the House of Representatives in its impeachment inquiry should have investigated President Trump not just for pressuring Ukraine but for a variety of instances when he sought to use trade negotiations and criminal investigations to further his political interests.

He describes several episodes where the president expressed a willingness to halt criminal investigations “to, in effect, give personal favors to dictators he liked,” citing cases involving major firms in China and Turkey. “The pattern looked like obstruction of justice as a way of life, which we couldn’t accept,” Mr. Bolton writes, saying that he reported his concerns to Attorney General William P. Barr.

Mr. Bolton also adds a striking new accusation by describing how Mr. Trump overtly linked tariff talks with China to his own political fortunes by asking President Xi Jinping to buy American agricultural products to help him win farm states in this year’s election.

As known, the publication of the book “The Room Where It Happened” is scheduled for June 23. Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice asked a judge for an emergency restraining order to block the book’s publication.

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  1. Bolton is not the most credible source. Trump and Poroshenko had a good relationship. Some want to drive a wedge between Ukraine and the US.

      • Biden Jr is corrupt and a creep like his dad. Burisma is registered in Cyprus and owned by putinoid scum.
        Trump Jr is also a chip off the old block. From 2008: “In terms of high-end product influx into the US, Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” Donald Trump Jr. said at a New York real-estate conference that year. “Say, in Dubai, and certainly with our project in SoHo, and anywhere in New York. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”
        The bastard was proud of it!
        There is an FB group: Support Ukraine, Ukrainians in USA. It has good articles and is well supported. Similar disagreements exist between its members. They all support Ukraine: many are Dems, many are Trumpoids and some are like me: moderate conservatives who dislike Trump because of his putler-groveling.
        There is a PAC called the Lincoln Project, which is putting out hard-hitting videos alleging that Trump has Parkinson’s, is generally unwell and is unfit to govern. It’s actually more aggressive than the Dems and consists of Republican never-Trumpers. I would support them if they had the same objection to him as me, but they don’t seem concerned about his Russia connection. They are backing the doddery old creep Biden instead, which makes no sense. They could hand victory to the Dems, which I certainly would not like. The main reason I dislike the Dems is that they are owned, bought and paid for by the so-called ‘American Irish’, many of whom, like the girl-killer Ted Kennedy, support the IRA.

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