Bolton contacted whistleblower prior to filing complaint, suggesting an attempted coup

In the hours after National Security Advisor John Bolton was fired by President Donald Trump on September 10th, he immediately began calling longtime political operatives in Washington, DC, sources tell The Chronicle.  Many of those calls were made to Democrats and many of them in the national security establishment.

One of those contacts was the intelligence agency whistleblower who filed the now-famous complaint pertaining to the President’s call with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, that is now the subject of intense congressional scrutiny.  That complaint was filed only weeks before, on August 12th. The source alleges that the whistleblower was given the information that comprises the contents of his complaint from Bolton himself, which if true would constitute an extraordinary breach of national security and an indictable offense punishable by imprisonment.

“It’s go time,” he began those conversations, multiple sources tell The Chronicle, as if to suggest that Bolton’s patience with the President had worn thin, and even implying later in more than one conversation that a faction of neo-conservatives at the Central Intelligence Agency was ready to remove the President from office.

It is unclear whether the FBI is currently investigating the source of the whistleblower’s knowledge of the classified phone call, which is not detailed in the complaint filed with the inspector general.

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President Volodymyr Zelensky was inaugurated on May 20, 2019.  On July 21, 2019, the Ukrainian parliamentary election handed President Zelensky’s political party, Servant of the People, the first single-party majority in modern Ukrainian history.  His party won 254 of the 424 seats.  Bolton is said to have been heavily involved in electioneering the victory, and United States Secretary of Energy Rick Perry attended his inauguration.

Bolton was among several alarmed administration officials who urged President Trump to release the nearly $400 million in funds that were temporarily delayed to Ukraine this summer. State Department and Department of Defense officials received word of Trump’s decision to withhold the aid on July 18.  Those monies were withheld one week before his July 25 call to President Zelensky, a 41-year-old actor who was unexpectedly thrust to power in a sweeping election victory.

The Trump administration has said that those funds were delayed over concerns about endemic corruption inside the country, including the alleged bribery of former Vice President Joe Biden, whose son received a $50,000 per month position on the board of a Ukrainian gas company. Biden threatened to withhold money from Ukraine during the Obama administration unless Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who was investigating his son’s role at the gas company, was fired.

Shokin was terminated hours after Biden made that threat to Ukrainian officials.

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Observers are calling Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s call for impeachment one of the biggest miscalculations in American politics. The scandal is widely expected to expose presidential candidate Joe Biden to a legacy-crushing corruption scandal involving his son’s business dealings in Ukraine and with China.

The intelligence community’s inspector general Michael Atkinson has indicated that the whistleblower was found to have a political bias in favor of Biden’s presidential campaign.  The attorney who represents the whistleblower contributed to Biden’s campaign and formerly worked for Senator Charles Schumer, the Democrat leader in the Senate.

While on the phone with one former government official who currently works on K Street, Bolton admitted that he was furious with the President, whom he lambasted with obscenities for more than five minutes.  The President would learn his lesson, he told the lobbyist, who chalked it up to a disgruntled employee venting over his unexpected termination.

But now, he fears that Bolton is organizing a coup d’etat to oust President Trump from office.  He cites Bolton’s contacts with journalists at major media outlets — particularly The Washington Post under the ownership of Jeff Bezos — to whom Bolton is widely thought to have leaked information from inside of the Trump administration through the duration of his tenure.

Bolton has aggressively pushed for a military strike against Iran, putting him at odds with the President, who opposes unnecessary large-scale military interventions.  In the days prior to his termination, he was engaged in a heated battled inside the White House over the administration’s response to Iran’s attack on Saudi oil infrastructure earlier this month.

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Jeff Bezos is a chief antagonist of the Trump administration and has published a slew of biased journalistic content in the pages of his Washington Post, even before Trump’s surprise election victory in November of 2016.  Former National Security Advisor John Bolton is widely thought by White House advisors to have been leaking classified information to the publication, a source tells The Chronicle.

 

 

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    • The problem with this article is the timeline. The complaint was filed in August. It is dated August 12th, 2019. So if Bolton did call, it was after the fact and not prior to the filing date.

      • You don’t know any FACTS about the “Whistleblower” complaint. You don’t know when it was written, how long Schiff had it, who wrote it ( “…the declassified whistleblowing complaint…appears to be written by a law professor and includes legal references and detailed footnotes. It also has an unusual legalistic reference on how this complaint should be classified.

        From my experience, such an extremely polished whistleblowing complaint is unheard of. This document looks as if this leaker had outside help, possibly from congressional members or staff. Moreover, it looks like more than a coincidence that this complaint surfaced and was directed to the House Intelligence Committee just after Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), an outspoken opponent of President Trump, expressed numerous complaints in August 2019 accusing President Trump of abusing aid to Ukraine to hurt Joe Biden. This includes an August 28 tweet that closely resembled the whistleblowing complaint.”)
        This Whistleblower complaint is following the same pattern as the Juicy Smollet lynching debacle. The French actor was lynched in the streets of Chicago by some men wearing MAGA hats standing in the alley next to Subways in the -30 degree polar vortex at 2 in the morning when they spotted Juicy who is gay, Black but looks Mexican and decided to make it a three-fer. Coinki-dinkily…Kamala Harris and Corey Booker both, purely coincidentally, happened to (coincidentally) be sponsoring an anti-lynching bill – which we desperately need in this country in 2019 because kidnapping, beating, murdering and hanging either gay, Black or Mexican-looking people are not all already crimes.

        Coincidentally, the media attention from the attack on Juicy dovetailed seamlessly with their anti-lynching bill. Just as coincidentally, this “Whistleblower” report, coincidentally, dovetails seamlessly with the Ukraine narrative the Ever Truthful Adam Schiff was already weaving in his tweets and commentary.

        • Wow, very well written! Democrats have spent the last 3 years perpetrating crap like this and I, for one, am tired of our time and tax dollars being wasted.

          • There was a press conference today and several Republican congressmen spoke about why the next ambassador’s hearing was cancelled. The state dept. wanted to clear up all the lies Schiffty told after Volker’s testimony. Schiffty won’t release the transcript because it completely clears Trump of any wrong doing! These congressman were at the hearing and explained to the press what really went down and is going down with regard to “Impeachment”. They too are sick and tired of not passing any legislation and wasting our money on impeachment crap. There must be a way to get rid of Schiffty and Pelousy so we can all move on!

        • You are right on! I do believe this is a coup against the president,well planned in advance. Not an impeachment which Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) would led us to believe. Very concerning.

        • Schiff received the whistleblowers complaint a week before he brought it to the attention of anyone.That gave the Democrats headed by Shiff time to polish the contents. If it was so urgent, why did Schiff hold it for a week before attacking the President with it? This has taught more Americas not to trust or vote for another Democrat in 2020 or ever gain.

        • Ever occur to you that the whistleblower may have consulted a personal attorney to cover his/hers own ass?

        • After learning about Bolton’s support for the M.E.K. and his willingness to send OUR children to fight and die in foreign wars it was clear that this is exactly what he is willing to do to further his ideology.. what a swamp dwelling scumbag..

        • This brings quite a bit of light to the forefront. I would like to learn much more. God Bless our strong President. He is NOT GOING TO WHIMPER AND WHINE LIKE THEY DO… HE IS “”””THE LION WHO ROARS”””””” THE KING OF THE JUNGLE. AND I SURELY FEEL LIKE AMERICA HAS BECOME A JUNGLE, THANKS TO OBAMA AND CLINTON LEADING THE CONGRESS AROUND BY THE NOSE.

      • Bolton was canned the night of Sept 9th. Rule change for whistleblowers to DNI occurred next day. Complaint filed 9-12…..timeline works.

      • The source alleges that the whistleblower was given the information that comprises the contents of his complaint from Bolton himself, which if true would constitute an extraordinary breach of national security and an indictable offense punishable by imprisonment…
        So, yes, Bolton made calls to other members of the intelligence community, including the whistleblower, but he had ALREADY been in contact with the whistleblower weeks before, as shown above. So, no, there isn’t a problem with the timeline.
        Also, Bolton had been involved in “arranging” the Ukranian election result, one reason he was so upset about Trump delaying those funds. Hmmm…arranging election results…sounds like collusion to me, but not done by Trump to enable his own election….I have a hunch that Bolton works more for the Democraps than the Reflublicans….

      • The article recognizes the correct time line. But if Bolton gave him information used in the complaint it would be shortly before Bolton resigned. Confirming contact after he left office does not deny contact before that. Just unconfirmed. Then again, we have no strong evidence yet how much of this is true or if any of it is.

    • I agree with Gary. If Bolton did this he should go to jail. I always liked the guy but if you can’t get along with the boss you should resign.

    • “Something” is a worthless statement.
      What does this comment maker suggest?
      Something? Bolton’s “something” or
      Trump’s something? Or, maybe, Biden’s something? (🙀‼️💥) or Mayor Butt’s
      something? Oh my! Let’s just dooo something! Anything!

    • MY FELLOW TRUMP SUPPORTERS, MAKE SURE YOI HAVE YOU GO BAGS READY…WEAPONS LOADED AND YOUR GAME FACE ON…THIS ATTEMPED SILENT COUP AND COLD CIVL WAR THEY ARE PLAYING RIGHT NOW WILL NOT LOUD AND HOT REAL FAST AS I KNOW THERE ARE MILLIONS OF PATRIOTS LIKE MYSELF THAT WILL NOT STAND FOR THE TO HAPPEN

        • I’ve been waiting…when are people finally just going to line up and take Washington? take Washington away from all treasonous traitor DemoKKKrats and give it to the President and then defend it at all costs ..Wheres the call to arms…I say its well past time ..Remember the Constitution is “we the people” and we will defend Ameirca from all threats domestic and foreign..Time to remind politicans who they work for..We will fire them and if they refuse to leave..well , just like any other job security will drag them out

      • Impeachment is not a coup. There is no violent overthrow. If Republican senators vote him out, so be it. Lots of presidents go through the impeachment process. Republican and Democrats alike. Over-reaction to over-reaction by dumb politicians is not an intelligent use of your time.

        • LOTS!!!! TRY 3 and ONLY 3…in almost 230 years (Constitution ratified in 1791). So, this kangaroo court being held would be OK or at least much more acceptable if the procedure established in prior cases were upheld & followed by the Demon-rats! This behind doors B.S. is just THAT B.S. No lawyers to protect witnesses from violating National Security or their own rights. When they open the doors & treat people with a semblance of respect & don’t try to grill witnesses who have NO SUPPORT OR PROTECTION AGAINST THIS WITCH TRIAL, then & only then will MOST of America believe that this is an actual inquiry/investigation & NOT a witch Hunt.

  1. Reticules piece of “advocacy journalism” that seems to try and pass off numerous biases (non-interventionism, anti-establishment etc.) as a legitimate article. Even more disturbing is the fact that said “article” is full of weasel worded statements and provides no empirical evidence or specifics to the cited “sources” to support the numerous claims made within the article. Some of the more specific examples of unfounded allegations include:

    Claim 1: “The whistleblower was given the information that comprises the contents of his complaint from Bolton himself, which if true would constitute an extraordinary breach of national security and an indictable offense punishable by imprisonment.”

    Reality – The above comment is indicative of what is sometimes referred to as a “weasel worded statement”. In this case the comment starts by making the allegation that “Bolton provided information to the whistleblower” then back tracks from the initial claim by adding a caveat “which if true would constitute an extraordinary breach of national security” after the claim is made.

    Claim 2: ““It’s go time,” he began those conversations, multiple sources tell The Chronicle, as if to suggest that Bolton’s patience with the President had worn thin, and even implying later in more than one conversation that a faction of neo-conservatives at the Central Intelligence Agency was ready to remove the President from office.”

    Reality – Again the above comment is a weasel worded statement defined in this case by the unverified “citation” and unspecified “multiple sources”. The reason the use of unverifiable terms like “multiple sources” is considered “weasel wording” stems from the fact that you cannot review the cited sources to see if said source is legitimate or even real. In short when an article merely states “multiple sources” and does not provide context as to who or what those sources are said “sources” could be anything from a hobo off the street to the author’s grandmother.

    Similarly unverified, is the statement of “a faction of neoconservatives in the CIA at the Central Intelligence Agency was ready to remove the President from office”. Where is the evidence that supports the notion that members within the CIA are “ready to remove the President from office” much less that said unverified groups political leanings are “neoconservative” ?

    Claim 3: “The intelligence community’s inspector general Michael Atkinson has indicated that the whistleblower was found to have a political bias in favor of presidential candidate Joseph Biden. The attorney who represents the whistleblower contributed to Biden’s campaign and formerly worked for Senator Charles Schumer, the Democrat leader in the Senate.”

    Reality – How does the above fact implicate Bolton or support the allegation that Bolton leaked documents to “whistleblower” – read left wing partisan hack who is in the tank for Biden?

    In closing I could go on to further deconstruct other deficiencies in the above article that said I think I have put enough on the author’s plate. As a Neoconservative that openly supports the Office of the President I can verifiably say that many of the tropes offered in this obvious anti neoconservative hit piece are bunk.

    Jeffrey Damien Cappella

    #NeoconsforTrump

    • Are you serious, JDC?
      Are you for real for real?
      For the past three years, we’ve been subjected to endless, outright LIES – about everything from the Russians having hacked the election and stolen it from Sainted Hilary to give to Trump, to lies about the Trump’s finances, lies about Trump’s statements, lies about his dealings with foreign leaders, lies about his children/wife/everyone in his administration, lies about him having drawn on a weather map when there WAS in fact an advisory for Alabama, lies that Trump tried to extort the Ukrainians into giving him dirt on Biden to steal the election from Biden even though Biden’s not even the Democrat nominee and the election is 13 months from now and the transcript proves it was a lie – lie after lie after lie, all attributed to “anonymous officials”, “sources familiar with the matter”, “an administration insider” for THREE years.

      For three years, lie after lie after lie, masqueraded as “leaks”, “bombshells”, “exclusive reports”, all attributed to no-name, no-accountability people who don’t even damn exist. Weasel worded, unattributed LIES all in furtherance of staging a coup. With the consequence that you people have made the country CRAZY – all of your plots and narratives are centered on knowing your base doesn’t read, doesn’t think for themselves and has a 140-character attention span.

      And now that the plot’s unraveling, now that you people overplayed your hand and within a week got exposed for the LIARS you are, now that you tried it and Trump outwitted all of you by releasing the transcript and stopping the nonsense dead in its tracks, now you want to take ONE article from the Buffalo Chronicle of all outlets and hold them to a standard you don’t dare ask of the NYT, Washington Post or Wall Street Journal?

      Miss us with the BS!!!!

      • A very passionate rebuttal. Another point is now being made, one that is very concerning. That the whistleblower can now use 2nd hand info. What the intell community has done has made ‘whistleblowers’ into conduits for malcontents. This is a horrible situation, that should never have happened in the dark. All those who signed on to changing the requirements of the ‘whistleblower’ need to explain themselves in open testimony. The whistleblower is protected but can be used by others as their front to harm the government and public. What other poison pills will be uncovered before Nov. 2020?

    • The same could apply to the whistle blower.. Citing many unnamed sources.. And it does somewhat fit the time line for Bolton being removed from office.. I don’t know Bolton never met the guy.. But we are all human and capable of anything.. Thank you for your insight JDC.. 👌🏻👍🏻🇺🇸

    • Which makes it sound like Bolton could well be the whistleblower extraordinaire or his/her primary contributor. No wonder they want his/her identity protected. Hmmm

  2. This is much more complex than the TV News is capable of condensing into a 2-minute flash. Bolton’s firing rage is stirring it up and may be the trigger of this, if not the actual composer. And I thought Brennan was the a$$hole…

  3. I believe Pelosi did this intentionally to force the corruption to the surface — not that she wanted to — but I think this is her way of giving the Demz a poison pill they can’t recover from. She knows they won’t win. She knows that she needs to survive. I think she’s going to try and bring this back from the ashes by committing political suicide to mutually destroy the socialists who are dragging her into this. She’ can’t do it overtly because it breaks the “no infighting” code that the Demz have been famous for. So she pretends to go along with them to sink the ship faster so that she has a chance to build a new ship that won’t hold socialists in the Demz party. Party has to die to achieve it. That’s my theory.

      • Her husband is one of the largest shareholders of Dole food company.You know, the company whose workforce is primarily located in Samoa, a U.S. possession. Also, during the previous administrations work that increased the minimum wage, Samoa was left out of that increase. The only U.S. possession that was exempt from the wage increase. Go figure.

    • Nice thought process.. I have often thought similar things.. The Dems want Trump to win but can’t be open about it.. They would be slaughtered in the streets.. Thanks for your opinion.. 👌🏻👍🏻

  4. our constitution doesn’t mean a thing any more all ready took our freedom of speech away Now working on our heritage removing statues doing away with national monuments nation parks farmers committing suicide

  5. If Bolton was involved with any of this, that I guarantee he’s still working for Trump. Probably trying to entrap the very people he was working with. Bolton isn’t stupid and he isn’t a cowboy. He knows the chain of command.

    • Bolton is a war-mongering swamp creature. He wanted a war with Iran. He is toed to the mess in the mideast. I’ve always despised him.

      JDC you aren’t wrong about the lack of journalistic citation but the mockingbird media has destroyed journalistic integrity. As this story unfolds (or unravels) I think a lot of what is statefd will be proved. Time will tell.u

    • my thinking too, and wonder if he has been the leaker before as part of the “play to entrap dems”….yet Trump angry over leaks SO not sure..

  6. This kind if journalism is pretty much like the
    Make to order articles planned by Iran faschist mullahs .
    These kind of propaganda , designed with vague or fabricated stories are to be very carefully studied, it could be only in favor of khamenei Gestapo.

  7. “But now, he fears that Bolton is organizing a coup d’etat to oust President Trump from office.” Given that this is a single source’s fear with no other evidence to substantiate it, isn’t the headline for this article a little clickbait-y?

    Also, aside from the inconsistencies with the filing of the whistleblower complaint and Bolton’s firing that has already been brought up there’s another huge error in the timeline and that’s the fact that the Ukrainian owned Burisma where Hunter Biden was working was being investigated BEFORE he started working there. What’s more the investigation had nothing to do with him in particular and the US held money because the prosecutor show was in charge of the investigation was shown to be corrupt, holding paperwork that was needed by the London branch of Burisma to continue the investigation.

    If one’s perspective is that the impeachment inquiry is unfounded that’s fine but it’s important to stick to the facts and not propagate misinformation because that just makes everything muddier on both sides.

    BL

    • So if Donald Trump jr was on the board of a foreign company (with zero experience in that company’s dealings) was being paid a cool half million a year, and President Trump bragged (on camera) about withholding 1.8 billion dollars until the prosecutor (corrupt or not) was removed (as said prosecutor was investigating the company that jr “worked” for) you would say “nothing to see here, move along”?.. not to mention the MASSIVE amount of other foreign money (like from the bank of China) being flung at the inexperienced jr ?..
      Come on man.. think past partisan, and pause on principles..

  8. Maybe.
    But if you are a Democrat and you are looking for someone to question that was close to Trump….How would you get that person in front of the Cameras to spill and twist everything he was involved in. You would make something like this up and would say….well according to media reports Johnny was involved…we need to have him in front of congress asap !!

  9. Why is this deep state intelligence agent constantly referred to as a whilstleblower? He is a LEAKER!!!! It is unprecedented that the transcript of a telephone conversation of POTUS with another head of state is made public. Trump has done nothing wrong – the transcript proves this.

  10. Wow. Ok. Soooo, we can all approve of the results of trumps policies… although I think anyone would be hard pressed to pretend he’s accomplished them appropriately. Trump runs his admin like it’s a private business, which on the one hand, is refreshing… but Unfortunately he appears to have run his private businesses sort of in the gray area of legal. Let’s remember, Trump has never worked for a publicly traded company, where following regulations are critical. He’s never even had a board of directors to report to… ie – I think we all know why he refuses to allow his tax returns to be released. Fast forward to now being the POTUS and literally every decision he makes is under a microscope and many need to be approved by congress. Does anyone truly deep down not believe that trump withheld funds one week prior to his phone conversation w zelensky intentionally to be sure he had leverage when they spoke? Of course he did. I don’t think we’re really debating that part. It’s clearly a “trumpy” move. And suddenly sondland gets a text stating, “I think it’s crazy to withhold aid to Ukraine for a political campaign”, from Taylor, a top diplomat in US Intelligence. Sondland, then takes 5 hours to respond, and reports are that he spoke w WH and responded- “ No quid pro quo. Let’s not text anymore” lol. But I digress… we all know it happened, it’s just can they prove it?? I don’t think they can, just like Mueller report clearly showed evidence of obstruction of justice, but Trump claims it was a witch hunt so he was obstructing an illegal investigation… which appears to have worked. So trump is truly Teflon-Don. But at some point this stuff is gonna bite him.

    I am waiting assuming he most likely will not make it to 2020. Just so much lingering. And at some point, courts are going to rule that he can’t ignore these subpoenas any longer and has to release his financials (already judge ruled last night mazzars must release to NY AG, but he got a stay to appeal- which no one anywhere believes he will prevail in that fight) so once the financials come out, does anyone believe it’s not a treasurer trove for the demoRats?? Trump w be lucky to resign w o prison time!?….

    Anyway, I’ve accepted the fact that Nikki Haley can be the perfect replacement. Imagine if GOP has the first female president?? Polls show she’ll beat all 4 too dem contenders and trump losing to them all.

    Even if trump survives, I also realize he can’t win. Do any of us know anyone that voted for HRC but is now voting for trump?? No of course not. But does anyone know people that voted for trump but now say never again? I know dozens of them.. the math simply doesn’t work. Trump was destined to be a one term president from the moment he took office.

    Trump has alienated every conservative that isn’t a climate change denier. We all have kids. We want them to raise a family in a cleaner world then we currently have. No one thinks Coal is beautiful and clean… Besides coal miners in West Virginia? By alienating these groups w his policies… he hasn’t necessarily pushed them to vote D but he has likely pushed them to stay home.

    In closing- Yeah- Dems want him out and will do whatever it takes. The problem is, trump almost certainly has broken many many laws both prior to and during his admin (does anyone think he’s squeaky clean?) – and the defense of: “but HRC deleted emails, Comey is deep state, Biden is corrupt,- aka: but they did it too”, isn’t a defense. it’s a deflection. Investigating them won’t stop demoRats from investigating trump. So when they finally get full access to his financials etc, and fully investigate him, which is what the inquiry is about, we know they’ll find some bodies in that closet. And all those on the right that have been his defenders will suddenly distance themselves. And the Niki Haley’s and mitt Romney’s and ted Cruz’s of the world will come crawling out from the ashes…
    the good news, is they can win. trump can’t in 2020- and we all, deep down, now this to be true.

  11. Why would anyone consider stopping their treasonous acts… they KNOW nothing is going to happen to them. It will continue until someone goes to prison.

    • A 30 year old leaker was arrested last night and could face 20 years for leaking secure items. It will take more arrests to establish the rule of law, which by the way has been diminished since the lawlessness of the Obama admin. Oh yea, wasn’t Joe B a bobble head for Obama.

  12. This is absolutely treason of being against President Trump on what the democrats and the other Congress committee has done, What is actually happening ! President Trump knows too much about these crooked deceitful conniving liars of Congree committee ! Senators who does not want the President know what’s going on ,how the Congress is controlling America into the dump . they have been doing this for at least since Nixon ! (Thank God for President Ragean, President Bush, President Cater . & Now President Trump ) by putting America together , the reason why President Trump pulled out American Troops, in his speech he said that he had just signed 5 solders death certificate to the families and he is preventing this to stop by saving our American soldiers lives . I stand with President Trump . its not our country for our soldiers to be killed ! We always have our soldiers to help other countries ! What country is protecting America from invasions of ISIS not at all . the fact of the matter is , we have to figure out ourselves on how to protect America
    ! That’s OK .

  13. If this is true. That Bolton did this over conflicts of interest with the President I hope then he rots in Hell!! Along with every person involved in trying to destroy a Duly Elected President!!!!

  14. A skull and bones recruit in the old guard. Good riddance to him. A resume of deep state loyalty.

    Bolton’s government service included positions such as:

    Assistant secretary for International Organization Affairs at the Department of State (1989–1993);
    Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division (1988–1989);[58]
    Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legislative Affairs, Department of Justice (1985–1988);[5]
    Assistant administrator for program and policy coordination, USAID (1982–1983); and
    General counsel, USAID (1981–1982).[44][45] While working for USAID, Lynne Finney, a legal adviser for the agency, alleged that Bolton threatened to fire her for refusing to lobby for the deregulation of baby formula in developing nations.[59]

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