As the administration pushes back on allegations of silencing, if not threatening, John Bolton, President Donald Trump tweeted an August video of his former national security adviser talking Ukraine.
"GAME OVER!" Trump tweeted with the video showing Bolton expressing no concern about the interactions with Ukraine after the July 25 call and before the ensuing firestorm that touched off the House Democrats' partisan articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Bolton said in the video, Trump's calls with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy "were very cordial."
"The success in the Ukraine maintaining its freedom, its system of representative government, free market economy, free of corruption, and dealing with the problems on the Donbass and the Crimea are high priorities here, obviously, but high priorities for the United States as well," Bolton told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in August.
The pinned tweet was followedby a video tweeted by Trump showing Republican senators complaining about the use of lawmakers' time as his legal team faces the question and answer phase of the impeachment trial – and using Democrats words that rejected a past impeachment attempt against former President Bill Clinton.
Trump also tweeted:
"With Votes in the House tomorrow, Democrats want to make it harder for Presidents to defend America, and stand up to, as an example, Iran. Protect our GREAT COUNTRY!"
And Trump added:
"Nancy Pelosi wants Congress to take away authority Presidents use to stand up to other countries and defend AMERICANS. Stand with your Commander in Chiefs!"
Earlier Wednesday night in an exclusive interview on Newsmax TV, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley called it a "gross mischaracterization" the Trump administration was blocking Bolton's manuscript or threatening him as a potential witness.
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