John Bolton is as far right as you can go and not fall off the edge of the planet.
He’s a war hawk and a corporatist from jump street.
But evidently he’s not a traitor to the USA.
That puts him in a different category from President Donald Trump.
We’ll talk more and in much greater detail about President Trump’s betrayals of America. The specific point here is that President Trump clearly did all the things that he was impeached for. He doesn’t even deny it, at least not consistently. Some days, he denies. Other days, he brags about it.
His chief of staff, Mike Mulvaney, not only admitted it, he told us to “get over it.” In a typical Trumpian lie, he later denied saying what he said in front of the whole world and on video. He did this despite the fact that the reporter gave him chance after chance to clarify at the time.
The reporter asked Mulvaney over and over and each time he asked, he made the question more specific and clear. Each time he was asked, Mulvaney affirmed that the President did indeed try to use American aid to coerce a foreign nation to interfere in his upcoming election.
The president himself has said that he is guilty of withholding evidence from Congress. He bragged about it in a speech. From Rolling Stone:
President Trump said he’s happy with the way the impeachment trial is going thus far because his administration has not released “materials” that would hurt his cause.
“When we released that conversation all hell broke out with the Democrats,” Trump said. “Because they said, ‘Wait a minute, this is much different than [what Adam Schiff] told us.’ ”
The president continued, “So, we’re doing very well. I got to watch [the impeachment trial] enough. I thought our team did a very good job. But honestly, we have all the material. They don’t have the material.”
- The New York Times on Sunday reported that the former national security adviser John Bolton had implicated President Donald Trump in an explicit quid pro quo related to Ukrainian military aid.
- The Times cited an unpublished manuscript of Bolton’s coming book as indicating that Trump told Bolton in August that Trump would withhold military aid from Ukraine until it acceded to Trump’s demands for politically motivated investigations.
- The president is on trial in the Senate after he was impeached last month on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress over accusations he tried to solicit Ukraine’s interference in the 2020 election.
- Bolton announced earlier this month that he would be willing to testify if subpoenaed in Trump’s Senate trial. He is a key figure in several episodes under scrutiny, and The Times’ reporting indicates he could have significant new information about Trump’s pressure campaign.
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The former US national security adviser John Bolton says in his new book that President Donald Trump directly told him of plans to withhold military aid to Ukraine until that country’s president agreed to deliver politically motivated investigations targeting Trump’s rivals, according to a Sunday report in The New York Times, which cited an unpublished manuscript of Bolton’s book.
Bolton reportedly said Trump asked the Office of Management and Budget last year to continue a nearly monthlong hold on $391 million in military aid to Ukraine. The Times cited multiple sources as describing Bolton’s account.
The president is facing a Senate trial after he was impeached last month on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Both charges are related to his efforts to strong-arm Ukraine into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and a discredited conspiracy theory about Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election.