An increasingly paranoid President Donald Trump suspects that former national security adviser John Bolton could be the “whistleblower” and is out to get him, according to The Daily Beast.
Bolton left the White House last month, and he and the president’s relationship had soured so badly they argued over whether he quit or was fired, and Trump now suspects the hawkish career bureaucrat is behind a flood of leaks against him.
Citing three people familiar with Trump’s private conversations, The Beast reported Tuesday that Trump has suggested that his former national security adviser was behind the anonymous accounts that listed Bolton as one of the top officials deeply disturbed by the Ukraine pressure campaign.
“Trump was clearly implying something to the effect of, ‘Oh, gee, I wonder who the source on that could be,’” one source said.
Trump has long been paranoid of leaks, but his dark suspicions have deepened since the whistleblower complaint was revealed last month, setting in motion an impeachment process.
The president has resisted calls to set up an outside team to fight impeachment, in part because he has struggled to find lawyers to help and also because he doesn’t trust anyone else to put out his message besides himself, and apparently his personal attorney — and possible co-conspirator — Rudy Giuliani.