The House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman said Wednesday that John Bolton first told his panel in September to examine the ouster of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, suggesting that one of President Trump’s top advisers tipped Congress off to the administration’s dealings with Kyiv.
Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said in a statement that he reached out to Bolton on Sept. 19, shortly after he departed from his post as Trump’s national security advisor.
“He and I spoke by telephone on September 23. On that call, Ambassador Bolton suggested to me — unprompted — that the committee look into the recall of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch,” Engel said.
“He strongly implied that something improper had occurred around her removal as our top diplomat in Kyiv.”
The surprise statement from Engel comes after Trump asked Wednesday why Bolton had not raised his concerns earlier about Trump’s contacts with Ukraine. The New York Times revealed earlier this week that Bolton’s forthcoming memoir is expected to claim that Trump used $391 million in U.S. aid to Ukraine as leverage for two politically motivated investigations.
“Why didn’t John Bolton complain about this ‘nonsense’ a long time ago, when he was very publicly terminated. He said, not that it matters, NOTHING!” Trump tweeted.
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