White Dwelling Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham questioned Monday the “suspect” timing of the reported new allegations from historical National Security Adviser John Bolton about President Trump’s decision to withhold navy assist from Ukraine closing summer.
“I mediate the timing of all of this is terribly, very suspect,” she acknowledged, noting that it came simply after the Trump protection crew started its rebuttal Saturday at the Senate impeachment trial.
“Or no longer it is extremely obvious the president did nothing despicable. Then , this manuscript has magically appeared in the fingers of The Recent York Times, making very, very expansive claims. Right here is … the identical writer that [James] Comey frail, also. The proven truth that magically, all over again, the e-book ordering preorder link popped up a couple hours in the end of this hit,” she added.
The Times exclusively reported Sunday that Bolton’s e-book manuscript integrated a shriek that Trump explicitly linked a retain on Ukraine assist to an investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden.
Trump urged Bolton in August, in accordance to a transcript of Bolton’s forthcoming e-book reviewed by the Times, “that he wished to proceed freezing $391 million in security help to Ukraine till officers there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens.”
Trump fired assist on Twitter on Sunday to refute Bolton’s claims, announcing he “NEVER urged John Bolton that the assist to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens.”
Trump went on to accuse Bolton of searching to “promote a e-book,” noting that Bolton did no longer bitch publicly or privately about the assist holdup “at the time of his very public termination.”
Grisham acknowledged the White Dwelling stands by its argument that the president did “nothing despicable” and that the transcript of the telephone call between Trump and the president of Ukraine backs up their assertions.
The Times extra claimed Bolton had shared a manuscript of his forthcoming e-book with “shut friends” — prompting Bolton’s crew to disclaim the shriek, and verbalize that the National Security Council’s [NSC’s] assessment skill of pending manuscripts is “corrupted” and liable to leaks.
Fox Files’ Gregg Re and Gillian Turner contributed to this document.