Last August, former National Security Advisor John Bolton described the phone calls between President Trump and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy as “warm and cordial” and mentioned how they talked about efforts to curb corruption, in an interview with Radio Free Europe.

Bolton’s remarks in the interview are very different from what he wrote in the manuscript of his unpublished book, according to The New York Times.

Trump tweeted the clip of Bolton with a caption, “Game Over!”


The Times reported Bolton’s manuscript says President Trump wanted to withhold military aid to Ukraine to pressure the Ukrainian President to announce investigations into Trump’s political opponents.

Trump tweeted, “I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens. 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. With that being said, the transcripts of my calls with President Zelensky are all the proof that is needed, in addition to the fact that President Zelensky & the Foreign Minister of Ukraine said there was no pressure and no problems. Additionally, I met with President Zelensky at the United Nations (Democrats said I never met) and released the military aid to Ukraine without any conditions or investigations - and far ahead of schedule. I also allowed Ukraine to purchase Javelin anti-tank missiles. My Administration has done far more than the previous Administration.”

And now there’s some old videos that resurfaced which don’t paint Bolton to be such a good witness for the Democrats in the impeachment trial.

In March 2018, Rep. Adam Schiff(D-CA) said Bolton “lacked credibility” and was “prone to conspiracy theories” in an interview with MSNBC Rachel Maddow.

“This is someone who’s likely to exaggerate the dangerous impulses of the president toward belligerence, his proclivity to act without thinking, and his love of conspiracy theories,” said Schiff, who is now a House Impeachment Manager.

“And I’ll, you know, just add one data point to what you were talking about earlier, John Bolton once suggested on Fox News that the Russian hack of the DNC was a false flag operation that had been conducted by the Obama administration,” Schiff said. “So, you add that kind of thinking to Joe diGenova and you have another big dose of unreality in the White House.”


In 2005, Schiff said Bolton was “more focused on the next job than doing well at the last job” and “lacked credibility” in an interview with CNN, when Bolton was nominated as ambassador to the United Nations under President George Bush.