Trump denies telling Bolton Ukraine aid tied to Bidens’ investigations

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump denied Monday, telling former National Security Adviser John Bolton he has tied military aid to Ukraine to investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

“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,” Trump added.

The New York Times reported Sunday evening that Trump “told his national security adviser in August that he wanted to continue freezing USD 391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens,” according to an unpublished manuscript of Bolton’s upcoming book.

Trump said in a separate tweet “the Democrat controlled House never even asked John Bolton to testify. It is up to them, not up to the Senate.” The House Democrats did ask Bolton to testify during the impeachment inquiry but he refused and said he would only testify if subpoenaed.

Last December, the House voted to impeach Trump for abusing his power and obstructing Congress.

Trump’s legal defense team will continue today presenting arguments against these two charges in the Senate impeachment trial that started last week.

The Senate is expected to vote this week on whether or not to allow calling new witnesses or documents.

Republican Senators will have the final say on the proceedings as they make up the majority and can vote to end the trial at any time. (pickup previous) si.sam

Source: Kuwait News Agency