Former Department of Homeland Security head and former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Tuesday that one-time national security adviser John Bolton was “honest” and that he believes what he allegedly wrote about President Trump and Ukraine.
“If John Bolton says that in the book I believe John Bolton,” Kelly said during a lecture at a Ringling College Library Association town hall event in Sarasota, Florida, reports the Herald Tribune.
“Every single time I was with him… he always gave the president the unvarnished truth,” Kelly said regarding Bolton, with whom he worked with for several months at the White House.
“John’s an honest guy. He’s a man of integrity and great character, so we’ll see what happens.”
On Sunday, The New York Times reported that Bolton writes in an upcoming book that President Trump told him specifically he wanted to withhold military aid to Ukraine until that government agreed to conduct a corruption investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden — a major 2020 presidential rival — and his son Hunter Biden.
The former was in charge of overseeing President Obama’s Ukraine policy at the same time a Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, enlisted Hunter Biden as a board member for a reported $83,000 a month.
President Trump has vehemently denied the Times’ report. Bolton has not spoken about it other than to say he did not coordinate with the Times on the story.
Regarding the Democrat impeachment effort, Kelly said he thinks additional witnesses should be called to testify in the Senate trial.
“I mean, half of Americans think this process is purely political and shouldn’t be happening ,but since it is happening, the majority of Americans would like to hear the whole story,” he said.
“So I think if there are people that could contribute to this, either innocence or guilt… I think they should be heard,” he added. “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.”