The Associated Press reports:
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is disputing former national security adviser John Bolton’s claims in his forthcoming book. Among the claims is an allegation that President Donald Trump told Bolton he wanted to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in security aid from Ukraine until it helped investigate a Democratic political rival.
Mulvaney lawyer Bob Driscoll says Bolton never informed Mulvaney of any concerns surrounding Bolton’s alleged conversation with Trump. And he says Mulvaney never had a conversation with Trump or anyone else “indicating that Ukrainian military aid was withheld in exchange for a Ukrainian investigation of Burisma, the Bidens, or the 2016 election.”
He also says Mulvaney has “no recollection of any conversation with” Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani “resembling that reportedly described in Mr. Bolton’s manuscript.”
According to Dr. Fiona Hill, Bolton in July described the alleged scheme as a “drug deal” cooked up by Mulvaney and Sondland.
Why, then, would he have expressed his concerns to Mulvaney in August? https://t.co/ftHNCSpt8m
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 27, 2020
Who’s going to tell this guy? pic.twitter.com/79WbmXxRIJ
— Stephen Duffin (@Duffmid) January 27, 2020