Is John Bolton the Trump presidency’s 'deep throat'? - ABDULLAH MURADOĞLU

Is John Bolton the Trump presidency’s 'deep throat'?

U.S. President Donald Trump allegedly asked the President of Ukraine to launch an investigation against Joe Biden, one of Democratic Party presidential candidates. Then Trump's request of Chinese President Xi Jinping to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter's business relations with China deepened the war between Democrats and Trump. The Democrats, in retaliation, launched an attempt to impeach Trump.

Hunter Biden's business relations with Ukraine and China during his father's tenure as U.S. Vice President have become a target for Trump. According to allegations, Hunter has ties to an energy company in Ukraine, and a prosecutor who was looking into the matter there was taken off duty.

The focus of the allegations is that Trump has asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to launch an investigation against Joe Biden in exchange for the release of $391 million of military aid from the U.S. budget to Ukraine. The allegations came from a leak of a CIA whistle-blower complaint filed to the U.S. National Intelligence Directorate in August. The unnamed whistle-blower says he has learned from many officials in the White House that Trump's phone conversation with Zelenskiy on July 25 was about Joe Biden.

Who could be the authorities who leaked information from the White House to Mr. Whistleblower? John Bolton, the National Security Adviser who was dismissed by Trump on Sept. 10 is on the list of “usual suspects” in the American media, described as “the new Deep Throat.”

The term “Deep Throat” was first used for information leakers to journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who broke the Watergate Scandal, which resulted in the resignation of Republican U.S. President Richard Nixon. The identity of the Deep Throat has remained hidden for 30 years. Mark Felt, vice president of the FBI, announced in 2005 that he was Deep Throat.

In the 1972 elections, Nixon's campaigners were caught red-handed while trying to sneak into Democratic Party headquarters in Washington. “Deep Throat” leaked President Nixon's attempts to cover up the crime to journalists. The House Judiciary Committee initiated the impeachment process against Nixon. Nixon did not wait for it to be completed and resigned as president in 1974.

Now it is suspected that John Bolton is the Deep Throat behind the allegations that have resulted in triggering an impeachment inquiry against Trump. Bolton, who had been expelled from the White House on Sept. 10 by Trump, has been quiet for some time. Bolton broke his silence and began to speak against Trump. These speeches are described as “Bolton's revenge tours.” The fact that Bolton didn’t say a single word on the Ukraine subject while fiercely criticizing Trump on the Taliban, North Korea and Iran was sufficient to draw attention to him. Bolton, who served in the White House for 17 months, knows where the bodies are buried. That is why Bolton is among the first witnesses to be heard.

It was noteworthy that Trump's ally, Senator Lindsey Graham, asked in a tweet to launch an investigation into the Deep Throat, who spoke with the whistle-blower at the White House, to find out who he was and why he did it. Graham is believed to have pointed the finger at Bolton with this tweet. Bolton is said to have knowledge of the Ukrainian issue because of his duties. Trump told reporters that they should be treated as “spies.” Trump allegedly also threatened Bolton with these words. Commentators, however, say, "If Deep Throat is Bolton, Trump should be scared."

Power relations in Washington are moving through dark labyrinths. There is no way of telling who is friend or foe. They say, "If you want to make friends in Washington, buy a dog."

Indeed, Trump is on the edge of the cliff and cannot take his eyes off his "friends" if he wants to avoid falling.

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