Strange Things Happening With John Bolton, Twitter

He's tweeting again, after accusing the White House of blocking access to his own account
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2019 1:59 PM CST
Something Weird Happened to John Bolton on Twitter
Former national security adviser John Bolton.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

John Bolton has been awfully quiet on social media since he left his White House position as national security adviser, and on Friday he explained why in cryptic tweets. "We have now liberated the Twitter account, previously suppressed unfairly in the aftermath of my resignation," he wrote. Liberated from whom? The White House, it seems. After his September resignation, the White House "refused to return access to my personal Twitter account," he wrote. "Out of fear of what I may say? To those who speculated I went into hiding, I’m sorry to disappoint!" The tweets raise more questions than answers, and outlets were seeking clarification. President Trump, for his part, denied any such freezing of Bolton's account, reports the Hill.

"No of course not," he said on Fox & Friends. "I actually had a good relationship with John. We disagreed on some things and some methods, but I actually had a good relationship." Bolton has emerged as a key figure in Trump's impeachment inquiry, even though he did not testify. Instead, he sought clarification from the courts on whether he was compelled to do so, and that ruling is still pending. But other witnesses discussed his role in the controversy, mainly how he seemed to push back against efforts led by Rudy Giuliani to orchestrate Ukraine investigations. One witness said he called Giuliani a "hand grenade that was going to blow everyone up." Also, his lawyer said earlier this month that Bolton has "personal knowledge" of meetings relative to the inquiry, notes CNN. (Read more John Bolton stories.)

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