John Kelly: 'I believe John Bolton'

At an event in Sarasota, Fla., on Monday, former White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE said he believes the accounts detailed in former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonPence, other GOP officials expected to skip Trump send-off NSA places former GOP political operative in top lawyer position after Pentagon chief's reported order After insurrection: The national security implications MORE’s memoir. 

“If John Bolton says that in the book, I believe John Bolton,” Kelly said at the event, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. “Every single time I was with him ... he always gave the president the unvarnished truth” he said. 

“So, I think if there are people that could contribute to this, either innocence or guilt ... I think they should be heard,” Kelly said at the Florida event. “I think some of the conversations seem to me to be very inappropriate, but I wasn’t there. But there are people that were there that ought to be heard from” the former military general continued. 


Kelly's comments come after The New York Times obtained a manuscript of Bolton's unpublished memoir Sunday. In the manuscript the former national security adviser reportedly claims President TrumpDonald TrumpClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds MORE personally told him he wanted to withhold about $400 million in military aid to Ukraine until it investigated the president's political rivals, including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenKaty Perry and her 'Firework' close out inauguration TV special Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Tom Hanks: After years of 'troubling rancor,' Inauguration Day 'is about witnessing the permanence of our American ideal' MORE and his son, Hunter Biden.

Trump's dealings with Ukraine are at the center of his current impeachment trial in the Senate.

The new revelation from Bolton raises questions about whether new witnesses will be called to give testimony in the coming proceedings. 

Since the Times reported the contents of the manuscript, more pressure has been on key moderate Republicans to vote for witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial. 

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Biden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear Romney: Founders didn't intend pardons to be used for 'cronies' MORE (R-Utah) told reporters on Monday that it’s “increasingly likely” the Senate will vote to bring in witnesses. However, Rep. Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Inauguration Day Trump leaves White House, promises to be back in 'some form' LIVE INAUGURATION COVERAGE: Biden signs executive orders; press secretary holds first briefing MORE (R-N.C.), a close ally of the president, said members who vote for witnesses could "face political repercussions," while other GOP senators have said it’s appropriate for members to get a copy of the manuscript


Kelly was White House chief of staff until January 2019, and was later replaced by former Office of Management and Budget Director Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyConsumer bureau director resigns after Biden's inauguration FDA chief says he was 'disgusted' by Capitol riots, considered resigning Biden consumer bureau pick could take over agency on Inauguration Day MORE, who is on the list of people Democrats would like to see testify before the Senate. 

Trump was impeached on two charges: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The Senate trial is in its seventh day of proceedings. Tuesday is the last day that Trump's defense team has to present their opening arguments.