John Bolton, the former national White House national security adviser, said on Friday that the arrest of and charges against Huaweis Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Meng Wanzhou are solid and not politically motivated.
“The facts are what the facts are,” he said during an interview with CBC Radios “The Current.” “Its very clear what the purpose of the arrest was. It was not politically motivated at all.”
“Id be happy to testify under oath to that effect in a Canadian court,” he added.
Bolton—whos known for his hawkish view on foreign policy matters—affirmed that the Huawei case is solid.
Huawei and people involved with Huawei had committed financial fraud in very serious ways in regard to violations of U.S. sanctions against Iran, Bolton said in the interview.
The former Trump adviser made the remarks in response to a report that Mengs defense team may use his newly released controversial book to prove political involvement in her extradition. Bolton claimed in the book that President Trump used the criminal prosecution against Huawei as a bargaining chip in the U.S.-China trade deal.
However, Trump has denounced Boltons book as “pure fiction.”
“Boltons book … is a compilation of lies and made up stories, all intended to make me look bad.” he wrote in a Twitter post. “Many of the ridiculous statements he attributes to me were never made.”
Meng, 48, who is also the daughter of Huaweis CEO, was arrested in Vancouver in December 2018 at the request of the United States. She was formally charged on Jan. 28, 2019, with bank fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracies to commit bank and wire fraud.
Meng lost the first battle in her bid to avoid extradition in May and remains under house arrest in Vancouver.