Mulvany weighs in on Bolton’s publicity stunt, NY Times-coordinated book launch

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Acting White House Chief of State Mick Mulvaney was reportedly not involved in a discussion on Ukraine aid between former national security adviser John Bolton and President Donald Trump, according to his lawyer.

Bob Driscoll, Mulvaney’s attorney, dismissed revelations of an alleged conversation between Bolton and the president reported by The New York Times which cited a leaked excerpt from Bolton’s upcoming book. The report alleged that Mulvaney was in the room when the president spoke with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani about U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.

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Mulvaney has “no recollection” of the alleged call, Driscoll said Monday in response to the leaked excerpt.

“The latest story from the New York Times, coordinated with a book launch, has more to do with publicity than the truth,” the statement read.

“John Bolton never informed Mick Mulvaney of any concerns surrounding Bolton’s purported August conversation with the President,” Driscoll said in the statement.

“Nor did Mr. Mulvaney ever have a conversation with the President or anyone else indicating that Ukrainian military aid was withheld in exchange for a Ukrainian investigation of Burisma, the Bidens, or the 2016 election,” he added.

The president fired back at the New York Times report on Bolton’s unpublished book manuscript, saying he “NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens” and accused his former national security adviser of simply trying “to sell a book.”

“Furthermore, Mr. Mulvaney has no recollection of any conversation with Mr. Giuliani resembling that reportedly described in Mr. Bolton’s manuscript,” Mulvaney’s lawyer continued. “It was Mr. Mulvaney’s practice to excuse himself from conversations between the President and his personal counsel to preserve any attorney-client privilege.”

The timing of the release of the Times’ report and Bolton’s book excerpts was called out by many as “suspicious” on Monday, given the ongoing Senate impeachment trial.

The latest claims have, not surprisingly, fueled Democrats’ demands that senators call on witnesses in the impeachment trial.

Twitter users weighed in on the Mulvaney statement and on Bolton’s alleged attempt to boost book sales.

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