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The Daily Beast reports, citing sources, that Trump has speculated and suggested that Bolton “was behind one of the anonymous accounts” that said Bolton was uncomfortable with Trump and Rudy Giuliani’s efforts with Ukraine.
The Ukraine issue is at the center of a growing call to impeach the president for suggesting that Ukraine’s president should look into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.
“[Trump] was clearly implying [it, saying] something to the effect of, ‘Oh, gee, I wonder who the source on that could be,” a source told the Daily Beast.
Bolton left the Trump administration in September, with the president saying he “disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions” and asked for his adviser’s resignation. Meanwhile, Bolton said he offered to resign the day before Trump announced it on Twitter.
While Bolton told the Daily Beast last month that it was “flatly incorrect” that he was behind any leaks, it has been reported that he may have had reservations about Trump’s actions with Ukraine.
On Monday, the New York Times noted that Bolton told an aide to alert White House lawyers about efforts to push Ukraine into investigating Democrats.
Bolton apparently also had it out for Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who has become ensnared in the Ukraine probe, referring to the lawyer’s schemes as a “drug deal” and calling Giuliani a “hand grenade.”
Among the developments last night:— Manu Raju (@mkraju) October 15, 2019
- Fiona Hill testified that John Bolton saw Rudy Giuliani as a “hand grenade” who was “going to blow everyone up”
- Bolton characterized what Sondland and Mulvaney were doing as a “drug deal”
- Bolton urged Hill to take concerns to a WH lawyer
Bolton is reportedly writing a book about his time in the Trump administration, Axios reported last week.
Bolton’s name popping up in numerous reports seemed to catch a number of people online by surprise.
It’s going to be extremely fucking weird when John Bolton brings down Donald Trump and becomes a hero to liberals.— Josh Barro (@jbarro) October 15, 2019
Only in trump’s orbit of corruption could people like Michael Cohen and John Bolton come out looking like the good guys.— bluedawg (@bluedawg7) October 15, 2019
It’s pretty wild that the Trump Administration is able to make John Bolton look like one of the good guys. Considering how not good of a guy Bolton has shown himself to be over the years it takes a gross level of incompetence and corruption to make him look good— John Ernenputsch (@jpooch21) October 15, 2019
When John Bolton is the CAUTIOUS one— NapoleonicHat (@Popehat) October 15, 2019
I really, really didn’t see the John Bolton-joins-the-resistance narrative arc coming. https://t.co/LneNJnUvts— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) October 15, 2019
That Bolton specifically had it out for Giuliani, who has increasingly comical as the center of these possible nefarious acts, was even funnier.
John Bolton trying to be a good guy is a plot twist that I did not see coming in this season of WH Survivor#JohnBolton #Mulvaney #GuilianiDrugDeal #UkraineScandal @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/wCaa4Jd5wv— Livin’ Life (@christirnmom) October 15, 2019
I’m starting to think John Bolton’s “drug deal” comments regarding Rudy Giuliani may not have been a metaphor.— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 15, 2019
Congrats to Mulvaney and Giuliani on being too shady even for John Bolton who spent years trying to kill Todd from the Fox and the Hound. pic.twitter.com/n4T0pOQPOR— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) October 15, 2019
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).