Rather than wait for his 6 P.M. show to begin, radio host Mark Levin chose Wednesday to unveil a video of former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton earlier in the day – because it was too important to the nation that the video be seen while the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump was taking place.
“I am linking to this now, rather than waiting for my radio show this evening, even though I know the backbenchers will gobble it up & claim they're ‘breaking news’ with their ‘exclusive’ reports. So be it. It needs to get out there to a broad audience,” Levin tweeted, introducing the embedded video:
“And this is an interview with John Bolton describing the president's conversations w/ the president of Ukraine as warm & cordial in Aug 2019.If he thought at the time that the president was stiff-arming the Ukrainians, he had a funny way of showing it.”
In the interview, Ambassador Bolton was asked by a Ukrainian reporter if there were plans to meet with President Zelensky and, if so, what messages the Trump Administration has for him.
2.And this is an interview with John Bolton describing the president's conversations w/ the president of Ukraine as warm & cordial in Aug 2019.If he thought at the time that the president was stiff-arming the Ukrainians, he had a funny way of showing itpic.twitter.com/fXekPCD6hH— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) January 29, 2020
Bolton’s response appears to contradict three key accusations Democrats have been making against President Trump in demanding his impeachment and removal from office:
1. That Trump used the meeting to pressure and coerce Zelensky (the calls were “warm and cordial”),
2. That Trump wouldn’t meet with Zelensky unless the Ukraine president helped meddle in the next U.S. election (Trump was planning a meeting in Warsaw), and
3. That Trump is lying when he says his phone calls with Zelensky focused on concerns about corruption in Ukraine.
In the video, what Ambassador Bolton tells the reporter appears to discredit the Democrats’ narrative:
“I will be meeting with President Zelensky. He and President Trump have already spoken twice. The president called to congratulation President Zelensky on his election and on his success in the parliamentary election.
“They were very warm and cordial calls. We’re hoping they’ll be able to meet in Warsaw for a few minutes together, because the success of Ukraine, maintaining its free, its system of representative government, a free market economy, a free of corruption, and dealing with the problems of the Danbass in the Crimea are high priorities here, obviously, but high priorities for the United States, as well.”