Bolton says Trump pleaded with China to help him get reelected


Bolton, Trump's national security adviser for a 17-month period, called Trump's attempt to shift the June 2019 conversation with Xi to the USA election a stunning move, and wrote that it was among innumerable conversations that he found concerning.

In an excerpt of his forthcoming book published by The Wall Street Journal, John Bolton wrote Trump discussed the detention camps built by the Chinese government for Uyghurs in western China during a dinner at the G20 a year ago.

"Within two months of his departure from government service, defendant had negotiated a book deal allegedly worth about $2 million and had drafted a 500-plus page manuscript rife with classified information, which he proposed to release to the world".

"In fact", Simon & Schuster says of Bolton, "he argues that the House committed impeachment malpractice by keeping their prosecution focused narrowly on Ukraine when Trump's Ukraine-like transgressions existed across the full range of his foreign policy-and Bolton documents exactly what those were, and attempts by him and others in the Administration to raise alarms about them".

Donald Trump pleaded with China's leader, Xi Jinping, for help to be re-elected and promised Turkey's president that he would intervene in a U.S. judicial case against a major Turkish state lender. The House, in the end, dropped its subpoena for the deputy's testimony and never sought one for Bolton.

Trump and the White House have tried to stop publication of the book, but that appears unlikely.

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law an act that authorizes sanctions against Chinese officials over the mass incarceration of Uighur Muslims. The lawsuit accused Bolton of breaking his contract by backing out of the National Security Council's ongoing vetting process to determine whether his book contains classified information that needs to be redacted or edited down.

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Bolton wrote that he raised some of his concerns about Trump's conversations with foreign leaders with Attorney General William Barr.

The former adviser names a litany of shocking statements made by Trump, from quipping it would be "cool" if the U.S. invaded Venezuela and that he believed it was "really part of the United States", to mixing up former Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the present leader, Ashraf Ghani, and ranting about the 1941 Battle of Pearl Harbor during trade negotiations with Japanese officials.

The DOJ requested that the federal court order the former national security adviser to "instruct or request" Simon and Schuster to delay publication to allow the memoir to undergo a national security review process, and "make the necessary deletions of classified information". "The final, published version of this book reflects those changes".

Instead, Bolton wrote, they should have expanded their inquiry to a host of misdeeds on the part of the president, including what Bolton described as improper involvement on behalf of authoritarian governments in China and Turkey. It is also unclear whether Bolton, who turned to criticizing Trump since his firing last September, was misrepresenting Xi's description of the "camps" or not.

As for the meeting with the Chinese president in Osaka, Japan, Bolton wrote that Trump told Xi that Democrats were hostile to China.

"Trump didn't seem to realise Pompeo hadn't actually seen Kim Jong Un [during the trip], asking if Pompeo had handed [the CD]" to him, Bolton writes.