Trump asks why Bolton didn't complain earlier

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE asked in an early morning tweet on Wednesday why his former national security adviser, John BoltonJohn BoltonJudge appears skeptical of Bolton's defense of publishing book without White House approval Maximum pressure is keeping US troops in Iraq and Syria Woodward book trails Bolton, Mary Trump in first-week sales MORE, did not “complain” earlier about his concerns over Trump’s communications with Ukraine. 

“Why didn’t John Bolton complain about this ‘nonsense’ a long time ago, when he was very publicly terminated. He said, not that it matters, NOTHING!,” Trump tweeted shortly after midnight.


Trump’s ramped-up attacks on Bolton follow the former administration official’s accusations that the president tied Ukrainian aid to investigations into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida MORE and his son Hunter Biden. 

The accusations in a manuscript of Bolton’s forthcoming memoir, reported by The New York Times on Sunday, bolstered Democrats' case for Bolton to testify during the Senate impeachment trial.

Trump, who has railed against the impeachment process from the start, hit the process as a "hoax” in a separate overnight tweet. 

“No matter how many witnesses you give the Democrats, no matter how much information is given, like the quickly produced Transcripts, it will NEVER be enough for them. They will always scream UNFAIR. The Impeachment Hoax is just another political CON JOB!” Trump tweeted. 


Bolton is one of several key witnesses with firsthand knowledge of Trump’s decisions toward Ukraine that Democrats want to testify. Republicans, especially Trump’s closest congressional allies, have largely dismissed the need for witnesses during the trial. 

But since Bolton’s manuscript was reported, a few swing Republicans have signaled they may join Democrats in voting to compel witnesses. If all Democrats vote to allow witnesses and documents, they will need at least four Republicans to join them. 

A vote on witnesses is expected Friday.

Trump has not been alone in piling on attacks targeting Bolton — some of his most staunch allies have joined in attempting to diminish Bolton's credibility. 

Fox Business personality Lou DobbsLouis (Lou) Carl DobbsTrump argues full Supreme Court needed to settle potential election disputes Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs to be deposed in Seth Rich lawsuit: report Trump praises several Fox News shows at briefing for coverage of Russia probe MORE, a typically ardent Trump defender, on Sunday said Bolton has "been reduced to a tool for the radical Dems and the deep state." 

White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamIvana Trump on Melania as first lady: 'She's very quiet, and she really doesn't go to too many places' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump uses White House as campaign backdrop Coronavirus tests not required for all Melania Trump speech attendees: report MORE later added on Dobbs's Sunday show, “How much does it cost to sell out potentially national security in your country?”

Trump has denied the account Bolton reportedly describes and accused him of trying to sell more books. 

Bolton has denied coordinating the leak with the Times.