Former Chief Of Staff John Kelly: I Believe John Bolton. Let Him Testify.
Former Chief of Staff John Kelly believes that former National Security Adviser John Bolton should testify at President Trump’s impeachment trial, according to the Herald-Tribune.
President Trump is denying that he told Bolton he wanted to withhold military aid from Ukraine until the country launched investigations into his political rivals, allegations that Bolton asserts in his forthcoming book.
“If John Bolton says that in the book I believe John Bolton,” said retired Gen. John Kelly, who served as Trump’s chief of staff for 18 months before leaving in early 2019.
“Every single time I was with him...he always gave the president the unvarnished truth,” Kelly said at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall as part of the Ringling College Library Association Town Hall lecture series.
Trump denies every tying the aid to the investigations: “I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens. If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book,” he tweeted.
Kelly said Monday evening that “John’s an honest guy. He’s a man of integrity and great character, so we’ll see what happens,” when he was asked about the unreleased passages in Bolton’s book.
“I mean half of Americans think this process is purely political and shouldn’t be happening but since it is happening the majority of Americans would like to hear the whole story,” Kelly said.
“So I think if there are people that could contribute to this, either innocence or guilt...I think they should be heard,” Kelly said, adding: “I think some of the conversations seem to me to be very inappropriate but I wasn’t there. But there are people that were there that ought to be heard from.”