By Nicole Gaouette, CNN
Updated 9:50 AM ET, Thu June 18, 2020
Washington (CNN)John Bolton details a troubling and shocking series of allegations in a new book about his tenure as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, alleging Trump requested Chinese help to win the 2020 election, that the President argued Venezuela is part of the US, that he casually offered to intervene in the criminal justice system for foreign leaders and that his own senior officials mocked him behind his back.
Bolton refused to testify during Trump’s impeachment inquiry, choosing instead to save his disclosures for the book that has already vaulted to Amazon’s best seller list, though he later said he would testify in the impeachment trial if subpoenaed by the Senate. He argues in the book that lawmakers should have broadened impeachment inquiries to examine a raft of ways Trump sought to bend the law.
CNN obtained a copy of the book before its June 23 release, which the White House is scrambling furiously to stop. Here are some of the things we’ve learned from Bolton’s tell-all about his former boss:
Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping for help in getting reelected.