Is John Bolton the second whistleblower in the current Ukraine scandal?
While he was national security advisor to President Donald Trump, Bolton was allegedly disturbed by the Trump administration’s moves to have the Ukranians investigate Trump’s political rivals.
According to a report to Congress from former White House official Fiona Hill on Monday, Bolton described these efforts as a “drug deal.”
As she testified before Congress, Hill recounted that Bolton wanted no part of this Ukraine investigation, which allegedly involved acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani, and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the EU.
At first, Bolton allegedly described Rudy Giuliani as a “hand grenade.” However, two new sources believe that Bolton was referring to Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the EU.
Nevertheless, Giuliani admitted in recent interviews that he had requested a Ukrainian prosecutor to dig up info about former Vice President Joe Biden.
In September, Trump fired Bolton.
During her testimony, Hill claimed that Bolton requested that she report Giuliani, Mulvaney, and Sondland’s activity to the top lawyer at the National Security Council John Eisenberg,
Giuliani expressed his disappointment with Bolton’s reported comments.
“I always liked and respected John,” Trump’s personal attorney said after hearing about the testimony. “I’m very disappointed that his bitterness drives him to attack a friend falsely and in a very personal way. It’s really ironic that John Bolton is calling anyone else a hand grenade. When John is described by many as an atomic bomb.”
This latest drama comes in the middle of the House’s impeachment inquiry on Trump’s communication with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy which entailed a request for Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son.
Many America First advocates have warned about Bolton and his neoconservative track record as grounds for keeping him away from the Trump administration. At first, Trump disappointed by hiring Bolton in 2018.
However, Trump reverted back to his America First instincts in September 2019, when he decided to fire Bolton. Although there’s still speculation of who actually is the second whistleblower, many believe that Bolton could be the one stirring up trouble.
These suspicions may not sound ridiculous when considering how Bolton has recently taken shots at Trump’s foreign policy not too shortly after receiving his pink slip.