Former Donald Trump National Security Adviser John (the mustache) Bolton stands ready and willing to testify against his former boss. All Bolton said that he needed was a subpoena. The White House may have stabbed itself in the back over his new tell-all book — which is not an easy thing to do.
Even though Bolton said his book, aptly entitled The Room Where It Happened did not have anything in it to violate national security, he still gave it to the White House for review. That was the normal procedure for any book written by former officials to take. Trump’s White House was a different story.
Excerpts of his book leaked to The New York Times. It claimed that there was a tie between Trump’s action of keeping Ukraine military aid and an investigation into his political rival. The leaks continued, showing that Bolton’s book had been copied and leaked to the press.
Spokesperson for the Republican National Committee (RNC) Steve Guest said, according to The Washington Post:
‘How convenient that this leaked info happened to be released at the same time as preorders were made available for the book on Amazon, What a joke.’
Attorney for Bolton, Charles Cooper, denied that his client had anything to do with the leaked book. Excerpts were published in the New York Times beginning on Sunday. Cooper said:
‘I can tell you unequivocally that we had nothing to do with the leak of any information concerning John’s manuscript.’
Chief Executive for the Foundation for Defense o Democratics Mark Dubowitz stood up for Bolton. He said:
‘[I]n the demonization campaign many forget that at the end of the day he was and remains a deeply experienced policy practitioner, with decades of experience over multiple administrations.’
Dubowitz said his client was:
‘[A] deeply principled person who . . . has a deep respect for American law and for the Constitution. [Bolton was] not doing this to sell books and not doing this to get revenge because he was fired by the president [and was] super torn. I’m not a big fan of these tell-all books. . . . I wonder how good it is for our country when presidents are always going to be looking over their shoulders and behind their backs.’
A separate conservative foreign policy expert and a friend of the author said that he was surprised that Bolton decided to have the White House check out his book:
‘When he was announced, I thought, “Oh, my God, this is never going to work.’”The reason is that it’s very clear that Bolton and Trump have very different ideas on how foreign policy should be run.’
The expert continued, noting that Bolton was “an offensive realist:”
‘[Bolton is] an offensive realist [who believes you] use power to get power. [Conversely, Trump is a] defensive realist [and] thinks power is a wasting asset . . . that you only use when you really need to. They did work very well on a lot of issues. Then the relationship just kind of broke down. . . . There was clearly a personal animosity there at the end.’
Many conservative “national security experts and media” were focused on the reason behind Bolton’s book. They apparently cared less than what he said or how it would impact the impeachment trial. Former National Security Council Chief of Staff for Bolton Fred Fleitz said:
‘If he wants to write a book like this, it should come out after the election. It’s natural occasionally for presidential advisers to have a falling out It’s appropriate for the adviser to move on.’
Fleitz wrote an opinion column for the Fox News website. There, he said:
‘There is a need for] a former national security adviser to publish a tell-all book critical of a president he served that will determine the fate of the country.’
MSNBC’s Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough gave a hilarious rant on the Trump Trial:
— TJ Ducklo (@TDucklo) January 28, 2020
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