Newly resurfaced video clips of former national security adviser John Bolton urged President Trump and his supporters to “highlight what they described as serious credibility questions – raised by both Democrats and Republicans – amid the Senate impeachment trial, as the president tweeted, ‘GAME OVER!’” as reported by Fox News.
Trump’s “GAME OVER!” tweet included a video of an interview of Bolton in August 2019 where he discusses Ukraine policy. Bolton made no mention of any illicit quid pro quo and acknowledged that combating “corruption” in Ukraine was a “high priority” for the Trump administration.
GAME OVER! pic.twitter.com/yvMa6bPqfy
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2020
Bolton also did not mention any misconduct about Trump’s communications with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. He simply referred to it as “warm and cordial.” Fox News reported that it seemingly “contradicted reported assertions in Bolton’s forthcoming book that Trump explicitly told him he wanted to tie military aid to Ukraine to an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden.”
There are also clips of Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., where he says Bolton had a distinct “lack of credibility” and was prone to “conspiracy theories.” “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,” Schiff told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on March 22, 2018, when Trump named Bolton national security adviser.
“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 [Democratic National Committee] was a false flag operation that had been conducted by the Obama administration,” he said. “So, you add that kind of thinking to [former U.S. attorney] Joe diGenova and you have another big dose of unreality in the White House.”