The top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee plans to call on former national security adviser John Bolton to provide information on his claim that President Trump agreed to intervene in a federal investigation into a Turkish company at the request of Turkey’s president.
Bolton, in an upcoming book about his experience during the Trump administration, claims Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan delivered a memo to Trump in which he defended a firm from his country that was under investigation by the Southern District of New York for potential violations of Iranian sanctions.
Trump, according to a copy of the book seen by The Hill, agreed to “take care of things” and said the prosecutors from the Southern District of New York were “Obama people.” The contents of Bolton’s book were first reported by The Washington Post and The New York Times.
Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, said in a statement that the book “confirms that Donald Trump attempted to interfere in a criminal investigation into the largest sanctions violations scheme in U.S. history as a favor” to Erdoğan.
Wyden added that Bolton’s book provided “damning evidence” as he called on the former national security adviser to provide more information.
“I have been investigating potential political interference by Donald Trump as it relates to Turkey and sanctions enforcement, and this damning evidence corroborates what my investigation has uncovered to date,” Wyden wrote. “If John Bolton has an interest in serving his country, as opposed to selling books, he will respond promptly to my forthcoming request for more information about Donald Trump’s relationship with Turkey.”