Despite his close proximity to the Donald Trump/Ukraine call, John Bolton has not yet testified in front of lawmakers. The former National Security Adviser claimed that he would talk if subpoenaed, but Republicans senators have yet to allow witnesses.
There were worries that Bolton, who was in the process of writing a book, would save any information he had to push book sales. According to a report from the New York Times, the former adviser may have done just that as an early draft of his book includes Trump discussing a quid pro quo.
The news was first broken by the Times’ Maggie Haberman. The scribe tweeted, “SCOOP: Bolton book draft, circulated to associates and sent to WH for review process, describes a convo w POTUS where he says he doesn’t want to release withheld aid till Ukraine turned over material related to investigations.”
SCOOP: Bolton book draft, circulated to associates and sent to WH for review process, describes a convo w POTUS where he says he doesn't want to release withheld aid till Ukraine turned over material related to investigations @nytmike and me https://t.co/N3Tsce4gR7
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 26, 2020
The New York Times notes that the administration may try to prevent people from reading the book. Haberman and Michael Schmidt write, “The book presents an outline of what Mr. Bolton might testify to if he is called as a witness in the Senate impeachment trial, the people said. The White House could use the pre-publication review process, which has no set time frame, to delay or even kill the book’s publication or omit key passages.”
The White House has yet to comment on the report. The full New York Times piece can be read here.