Giuliani calls Bolton a 'backstabber' over Ukraine allegations

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll MORE's personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiBill Barr is trying his best to be Trump's Roy Cohn Former US ambassador Yovanovitch lands a book deal: report Kerry responds to Trump accusation he violated Logan Act: 'Another presidential lie' MORE denounced former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonTrump directly sought to block publication of Bolton's book: WaPo 'Parasite' studio fires back after Trump criticism: 'He can't read' Trump swipes at 'little wise guy' Brad Pitt, Korean film 'Parasite' during rally MORE as a "backstabber" in an interview set to broadcast Wednesday.

Giuliani tore into Bolton in the interview with "CBS This Morning" in the wake of reports that Bolton was critical of him and raised concerns about his activities in Ukraine to other administration officials.

"He never said to me, 'I've got a problem with what you are doing in Ukraine,'" Giuliani said. "Never once, never winked, never sent me a little note. He is a personal friend, I thought. So here's the only conclusion I can come to, and it's a harsh one, and I feel very bad about it: He's a backstabber."

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"If your friend was complaining about you behind your back and didn't have the guts to come up to your face and tell you, 'I think you're screwing up' ... that'd be a backstabber," he continued. "That's classic backstabber. So I feel I got a swamp character here."

The New York Times reported Sunday that Bolton wrote in a draft of his forthcoming memoir that Trump said in an August meeting that he did not want to release security aid for Ukraine until the country agreed to investigate his political rivals, a claim that cuts to the heart of the impeachment efforts against Trump.

Bolton also reportedly wrote that he raised concerns to Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrBill Barr is trying his best to be Trump's Roy Cohn Hillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter split on Bloomberg video | Sanders briefed on Russian efforts to help campaign | Barr to meet with Republicans ahead of surveillance fight Sanders says he was briefed on Russian effort to help campaign MORE and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe problem with Trump's Middle East peace plan India rolls out the red carpet for Trump Limbaugh: Democrats who set up George W. Bush to go to war with Iraq now organizing 'silent coup' against Trump MORE about Giuliani's involvement in Ukraine matters, suggesting to Pompeo that Giuliani may have wanted former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchFormer US ambassador Yovanovitch lands a book deal: report The Hill's review of John Solomon's columns on Ukraine Democrats worried about Trump's growing strength MORE removed from her post because she was targeting his private clients as part of an anti-corruption agenda.

Bolton left the White House last September amid tensions with Trump and other staffers.

The reported claims have amplified Democrats' efforts to include witnesses such as Bolton in Trump's ongoing impeachment trial, which GOP leadership has resisted so far.

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Giuliani has been a central character in the impeachment saga. Multiple current and former administration officials testified last year that the former New York City mayor was conducting a shadow foreign policy in Ukraine to dig up dirt on Democrats and that he led an effort to oust Yovanovitch.

Giuliani and a host of other Trump allies have made a concerted effort to question Bolton's credibility and accuse him of trying to juice book sales with his allegations, which were reported in the middle of Trump's impeachment trial.

Trump has denied he told Bolton security aid for Ukraine was tied to investigations, White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamSupreme Court allows 'public charge' rule to take effect nationwide Pelosi blasts Trump's 'dangerous' pick for intelligence chief Lawyers to seek asylum for Assange in France: report MORE has accused Bolton of selling out national security and a number of Fox News hosts with whom Bolton used to work have decried him as disloyal.