FoxNews.com reports that
A top aide to former national security adviser John Bolton is disputing part of a Sunday report in The New York Times, which claimed Bolton had shared a manuscript of his forthcoming book with “close associates” — and Bolton’s lawyer is saying the National Security Council’s review process of pending manuscripts is “corrupted.”
The Times reported that the manuscript included a bombshell claim that Trump explicitly linked a hold on Ukraine aid to an investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden.
Trump told Bolton in August, according to a transcript of Bolton’s forthcoming book reviewed by the Times, “that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens.”
The Times reported that Bolton had circulated “drafts of a manuscript he has circulated in recent weeks to close associates” and also “sent a draft to the White House for a standard review process for some current and former administration officials who write books.”
Sarah Tinsley, a senior adviser to Bolton, told Fox News he had submitted a hard copy draft of his manuscript to the NSC [National Security Council] several weeks ago for “pre-publication review,” but had not shared it with anyone else.
A “pre-publication review” is standard for any former government officials who held security clearances and publicly write about their official work. The review typically would focus on ferreting out any classified or sensitive material in advance of publication, and could take from days to months.
In a statement obtained by Fox News, Bolton attorney Charles Cooper lamened that the review process had been “corrupted.”
“On December 30, 2019, I submitted, on behalf of Ambassador Bolton, a book manuscript to the National Security Council’s Records Management Division for standard prepublication security review for classified information. As explained in my cover letter to Ellen J. Knight, Senior Director of the Records Management Division, we submitted the manuscript notwithstanding our firm belief that the manuscript contained no information that could reasonably be considered classified and on the assurance that the ‘process of reviewing submitted materials is restricted to those career government officials and employees regularly charged with responsibility for such reviews’ and that the ‘contents of Ambassador Bolton’s manuscript will not be reviewed or otherwise disclosed to any persons not regularly involved in that process.'”
Cooper continued: “A copy of my December 30 letter is attached. It is clear, regrettably, from The New York Times article published today that the prepublication review process has been corrupted and that information has been disclosed by persons other than those properly involved in reviewing the manuscript.”
Bolton resigned last September. His team declined to “speculate” to Fox News as to how a description of his manuscript might have leaked to the Times.
Additionally, Bolton’s representatives made clear he was not denying the Times’ claim concerning the Ukraine aid holdup and the possible investigation of the Bidens.
At a Fox News Town Hall with Chris Wallace on Sunday in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, Pete Buttigieg joined a chrous of Democrats in calling for Bolton to testify in the wake of the Times’ report.
“Just now, we’re getting more indications about John Bolton, and what he knew, which is one more reason why, if this is a serious trial, we’re going to have the witnesses and evidence,” Buttigieg said.
Trump’s lawyers this week are set to resume presenting their defense in the Senate, which will then decide whether to hear additional witnesses by a simple majority vote. At the Town Hall, Buttigieg emphasized that Trump should be removed from office — a highly unlikely eventuality, given that a two-thirds vote of the GOP-controlled Senate would be necessary.
The report above was one of the top stories from yesterday, overshadowed by the tragic death of NBA Legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year old daughter, and 7 others in a helicopter crash in California.
There are some curious things in this report that I am trying to figure out.
For instance, why would Trump hold money from Ukraine? They had already reopened the Biden Investigation four months before the phone call.
RedState.com reported on 10/9/19 that
Investigative reporter John Solomon appeared on “Hannity” Tuesday night to present new documents which show Ukraine had reopened an investigation into Hunter Biden’s payments from Burisma four months before the July 25th conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Then, there is the matter of how an advance draft of John Bolton’s new book got into the grubby little fingers of the Failing New York Times.
I would bet that there are some Deep State Operatives from the Obama Administration still working in the National Security Council…nameless, faceless bureaucratic pencil-pushers with access to the draft and a vendetta to keep against the President of the United States of America.
Just as was the case in every other leak coming from one of our Intelligence Agencies to a “soldiers” in the Democratic Party Vanguard known as the Main Stream Press, this information was leaked to attempt to damage President Trump and to drive him from office.
Most Americans, even casual news watchers, are aware that Bolton did not leave the Administration on the best of terms with the President. They have two different views on how America’s Foreign Policy should be carried out.
There, if Bolton actually is taking shots at the President in his new book, it will not be that big a surprise, although the Democrats and their minions in the MSM will try to make it “yuge”.
As the above article states, President Trump will NOT be impeached due to the Republicans being the majority party in the Senate.
And, might I add, I would not be surprised to see some of the Red State “Moderate” Democrats vote to acquit him as well.
…especially after Trump’s Legal Defense Team finishes the job they began on Saturday of tearing the House Dems’ flimsy Cast for Impeachment apart.
Until He Comes,