President Trump denies telling Bolton Ukraine aid was tied to investigations

The New York Times reported Sunday evening that Bolton wrote in the manuscript of his upcoming book, titled “The Room Where It Happened,” that Trump said during an August meeting that he wanted to continue a freeze on the nearly $400 million in security aid for Ukraine until the government there agreed to investigate Biden and other Democrats.

The revelation in the book directly contradicts the White House’s insistence that the president did not explicitly connect the security aid and investigations.

An attorney representing Bolton said he delivered the manuscript to the White House on Dec. 30 to be reviewed for classified information, a process he said had been “corrupted.” The attorney stopped short of confirming the contents of the Times’s report.

President Donald Trump claimed Monday morning that he “NEVER” communicated to John Bolton that hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine were conditioned on foreign probes into his domestic political rivals.

“I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens,” Trump tweeted. “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.”

 

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