Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton speaks during the Freedom Summit the Freedom Summit, Saturday, May 9, 2015, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

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As my colleague Bonchie reported earlier, the New York Times dropped a “bombshell” about what supposedly was in a draft of John Bolton’s new book that supposedly has President Donald Trump saying to Bolton that he wants to withhold aid in exchange for investigations.

There are of course many other questions about this last minute drop just as Republicans are destroying the Democrats’s impeachment case. It’s all about breaking the wall to get in witnesses and damage Trump.

But the basic response is a simple one: no actual quid pro quo was ever asked for, the transcript and President Volodymyr Zelensky confirm that. So whatever was actually said, if anything was, it’s completely irrelevant.

It’s like the constant leftist plaint that Trump wanted to fire Mueller. So?

Bolton’s people have denied having anything to do with the leak of the information, saying they sent the book to the NSC and that the leak might have come out of there. They however specifically said they were not denying the information.

But here are a few coincidences.

The New York Times story is written by Michael Schmidt and Maggie Haberman. Michael Schmidt is the man who got the Comey leak stories, Maggie Haberman is the one who infamously was named in the Wikileaks emails as the person who would “tee things up” for the Democrats that needed teeing up.

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said the transcript backed up that nothing was done wrong and called it out the timing. She noted not only was this the same publisher Comey used, but “the fact that magically, again, the book ordering preorder link popped up a couple hours after all of this hit.”

The Washington Examiner did an interesting piece a few days ago on how they didn’t think Bolton would be a problem as a witness for Trump because Bolton still wanted to sell his experience to future presidents and it wouldn’t do him any favors if he undercut Trump. So is this an effort to undercut Trump, while laying off blame on the NSC which, lord knows, surely does have a lot of issues?

People are suspicious that despite Bolton’s denial, the timing was all too perfect.