Trump Says That He Never Told Bolton Ukraine Aid Was Tied to Probes

President Donald Trump is discarding any allegations that he advised former national security adviser John Bolton that releasing security aid for Ukraine was dependent on the country investigating his political rivals following a report that Bolton describes such an exchange in his upcoming book, The Hill reports.

Trump denied wrongdoing in a trio of tweets just after midnight addressing the reported contents of Bolton’s manuscript, accusing his former top aide of making the allegation to promote his new memoir.

“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 was impeached last month for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress after Democrats alleged he withheld security aid and a White House meeting for Ukraine to pressure the country to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and conspiracy theory related to the 2016 election.

The President on Monday pointed to his administration providing anti-tank Javelin missiles to Ukraine and an eventual meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the United Nations. 

He also claimed he released the militar aid to Ukraine “without any conditions or investigations – and far ahead of schedule.” However, the aid was only released after news reports were published describing the freeze, and not all of the $391 million in assistance was distributed before the end of the fiscal year.

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