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Sun Jan 26, 2020, 07:55 PM

**Breaking** Bolton's book draft confirms Trump withheld aid to Ukraine pending help with Biden

Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Inquiries He Sought, Bolton Book Says

Drafts of the book outline the potential testimony of the former national security adviser if he were called as a witness in the presidentís impeachment trial.


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/26/us/politics/trump-bolton-book-ukraine.html

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to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens, according to an unpublished manuscript by the former adviser, John R. Bolton.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

Multiple people described Mr. Boltonís account of the Ukraine affair. --snip--

For example, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged privately that there was no basis to claims by the presidentís lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani that the ambassador to Ukraine was corrupt and believed Mr. Giuliani may have been acting on behalf of other clients, Mr. Bolton wrote.

Mr. Bolton also said that after the presidentís July phone call with the president of Ukraine, he raised with Attorney General William P. Barr his concerns about Mr. Giuliani, who was pursuing a shadow Ukraine policy encouraged by the president, and told Mr. Barr that the president had mentioned him on the call. A spokeswoman for Mr. Barr denied that he learned of the call from Mr. Bolton; the Justice Department has said he learned about it only in mid-August.

And the acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, was present for at least one phone call where the president and Mr. Giuliani discussed the ambassador, Mr. Bolton wrote. Mr. Mulvaney has told associates he would always step away when the president spoke with his lawyer to protect their attorney-client privilege.


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Reply **Breaking** Bolton's book draft confirms Trump withheld aid to Ukraine pending help with Biden (Original post)
hlthe2b Jan 26 OP
dem4decades Jan 26 #1
triron Jan 26 #18
democrattotheend Jan 26 #20
PandoraAwakened Jan 26 #2
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 26 #3
hlthe2b Jan 26 #4
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 26 #8
mwooldri Jan 26 #16
malaise Jan 26 #5
dchill Jan 26 #7
hlthe2b Jan 26 #6
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 26 #9
hlthe2b Jan 26 #10
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 26 #12
Volaris Jan 27 #26
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 27 #28
erronis Jan 26 #14
ooky Jan 26 #11
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 26 #13
YOHABLO Jan 26 #15
mainstreetonce Jan 26 #17
calimary Jan 27 #25
DeminPennswoods Jan 26 #19
hlthe2b Jan 26 #21
DeminPennswoods Jan 26 #22
wishstar Jan 26 #23
UniteFightBack Jan 27 #29
BadgerMom Jan 26 #24
Laura PourMeADrink Jan 27 #27
hlthe2b Jan 27 #30
Laura PourMeADrink Jan 27 #32
UTUSN Jan 27 #31

Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 08:10 PM

1. Matthew Miller said the House should subpoena the book, NOW.

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 09:21 PM

18. They sure should godammit.

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 09:24 PM

20. But is the book really evidence?

Many politicians take poetic license when writing books like this. I can't see it carrying the same weight as sworn testimony.

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 08:14 PM

2. Oh boy.

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 08:20 PM

3. Is Collins concerned? ...

Moscow Mitch and Leningrad Lindsey will disavow the existence of Bolton or his book, because the House failed to drag Bolton into the basement and subject him to the Iron Maiden or even waterboarding. How can you believe witnesses who have not been interrogated properly?

Sekulow will scream, "What about Obama? He never gave nukes to Ukraine!"

Every Russiapublican Senator should receive telephone calls demanding Bolton's testimony.

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 08:21 PM

4. And, Adam Schiff responds to the news:

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 08:31 PM

8. How great is it that we can count on him? our House?

Wonder if anyone can figure out how many hours of work have been devoted to this impeachment trial by all the good and honorable people.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 09:15 PM

16. Sadly the trial is as "fair and balanced" as "Fox News".

But yeah, let's hear what Bolty has to say. Agreed.

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 08:22 PM

5. Deeply

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Response to malaise (Reply #5)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 08:30 PM

7. I'm betting she's VERY disappointed, as well!

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 08:30 PM

6. Does anyone think Collins REALLY thinks Trump will pull her over the line in November?

Are her own pollsters hiding any bad news from her too?

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #6)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 08:35 PM

9. it could very well be fear of what he will do if she opposes him

Collins knows how vindictive and vicious TrumPutin is. Maybe she also knows how closely Putin is involved and is scared of the resources he will bring to bear.

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #9)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 08:38 PM

10. So, do you believe in the theory that Putin has the "goods" via the RNC hack on all the R's?

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #10)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 08:54 PM

12. very likely ...

The money trail is likely to be the most damaging. Beyond that, the money and disinformation that could be spread, by Putin, probably scares many GOP Senators. Remember that even they thought that Hillary was certain to win right up until she didn't. They fear what can be unleashed against them.

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #12)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 02:02 AM

26. McConnell didn't fear shit. He KNEW the fix was in (that's why no vote on garland)

If this nation is to have a future as a functional democracy of any stripe, I want McConnell UNDER OATH IN A COURTROOM at some point in the next 5 years...sitting senator or not.

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Response to Volaris (Reply #26)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 02:50 AM

28. Moscow Mitch is not the only Republican in the Senate

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #10)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 09:13 PM

14. I do.

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #9)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 08:44 PM

11. Like HER head being on the pike?

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Response to ooky (Reply #11)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 09:03 PM

13. figuratively, yes. Putin prefers polonium.

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 09:14 PM

15. I honestly don't think the Senate Repugs care. Makes no diff to them.

 

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 09:20 PM

17. I think Bolton will start doing media interviews

And putting this out there.

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Response to mainstreetonce (Reply #17)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 12:18 AM

25. Well he sure as shit is gonna get asked about it.

Heís opened up a real kettle of fish this time.

EVERYBODYíS gonna be hounding him for an interview. There wonít be much of a way to get the toothpaste back into the tube on this one.

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 09:23 PM

19. Who do you think leaked this to the NYT?

Bolton? Someone close to Bolton?

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Response to DeminPennswoods (Reply #19)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 09:25 PM

21. Maybe someone in the WH.. It has been reported they've had the draft.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #21)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 09:31 PM

22. Does Bolton still have allies in the NSC?

Of course Bolton has all of his notes that he used for the book, so it could be more selective leaking from him.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #21)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 09:32 PM

23. Michael Schmidt on MSNBC just now said WH has had the book since Dec 30

he said that Bolton's lawyer just released a letter about Bolton sending the draft to WH for review last month. Michael wouldn't say of course any more about his sources for his NY Times article, but implication is that insiders from WH may be the leakers.

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Response to wishstar (Reply #23)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 02:59 AM

29. Why would they want to leak it? To backstab dump? nt

 

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 10:43 PM

24. Please pardon my French.

Screw Bolton and his book. I hope he sells no copies. Heís a coward and a traitor. He sold out his country in order to sell books.

He could have testified. He could have spoken up. He could have had the courage of the whistleblower. Vindman. Yovanovitch.

Screw him.

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 02:36 AM

27. When is this book coming out? Hope he's got tapes

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #27)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 07:44 AM

30. Scheduled for March, but it has been reported WH MAY try to hold it up in review process

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #30)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 01:49 PM

32. Thought it already passed NSA check. Doesn't matter huh. I can see

Maybe Bolton just saying FU?

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 10:42 AM

31. K&R

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