Rep. Eliot Engel pushed back Wednesday on President Donald Trump’s claim that John Bolton didn’t complain about his conduct toward Ukraine, revealing that Bolton, only days after being ousted as Trump’s national security adviser, told him in a phone call to examine the ouster of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
“President Trump is wrong that John Bolton didn’t say anything about the Trump-Ukraine scandal at the time the President fired him,” Engel, D-N.Y., chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement. “He said something to me.”
Engel said that he reached out to Bolton on Sept. 19 to ask if he would speak before the Foreign Affairs Committee regarding U.S. foreign policy. (Trump fired Bolton on Sept. 10; Bolton says he quit.) Engel said he then spoke with Bolton days later, in a call on Sept. 23, when Bolton “suggested to me — unprompted — that the committee look into the recall of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.”