Adam Schiff says he is ‘disturbed’ by revelations in John Bolton’s book after he refused to testify before his committee as Tim Scott insists the former national security adviser wouldn’t reveal information he was ‘trying to sell in a book’
- Adam Schiff says he is ‘disturbed’ by John Bolton’s book before even reading it
- But Schiff also asserted that the former national security adviser should have testified before the House Intelligence Committee instead of writing a book
- ‘To the length and degree that [Bolton] indicts Donald Trump, he also indicts himself, for cowardice and for greed,’ Schiff said Sunday
- Republican Senator Tim Scott also claimed Bolton should have testified
- The South Carolina senator said: ‘The problem is that when you’re selling it in a book, you’re not putting yourself in a position to be cross-examined’
- Bolton’s book on his 17 months as Trump’s national security adviser will hit shelves Tuesday – and Schiff plans to go through it thoroughly
Adam Schiff claimed Sunday that he was ‘disturbed’ after reading some leaked excerpts from John Bolton’s new book detailing his 17 months as Donald Trump’s national security adviser.
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee claimed that while he has not yet read the book, he and his colleagues will go though it with a fine-tooth comb to find potentially incriminating information they could use against the president.
While he insists that the exposure this book gives the public to Trump’s actions regarding foreign affairs is needed, he also took a hit at Bolton for refusing to testify before his committee and instead revealing it in a tell-all memoir.
‘To the length and degree that [Bolton] indicts Donald Trump, he also indicts himself, for cowardice and for greed. Because there were people who did come forward… who risked their careers,’ Schiff told NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday morning.
‘It was only the greed that made him come forward in this book,’ the California Democrats asserted.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff claimed Sunday that he was ‘disturbed’ after reading leaked excerpts from John Bolton’s new book, which details his 17 months as Donald Trump’s national security adviser
While Schiff said the public deserves to hear what Bolton has to say, he insists it should have been by way of testimony before his committee. ‘To the length and degree that [Bolton] indicts Donald Trump, he also indicts himself, for cowardice and for greed,’ Schiff said
Republican Senator Tim Scott also claimed that Bolton should have testified: ‘The problem is that when you’re selling it in a book, you’re not putting yourself in a position to be cross-examined’
The comments come as Republican Senator Time Scott also said that Bolton should have testified instead of releasing a book.
‘I do wish that Mr. Bolton would have come into the House under oath and testified,’ Scott said during an interview with ABC’s This Week on Sunday.
‘The problem is that when you’re selling it in a book, you’re not putting yourself in a position to be cross-examined,’ the South Carolina senator claimed.
Schiff’s committee called Bolton to testify regarding what he had witnessed with Trump dealing with China, Russia and other foreign leaders, but he refused to appear.
He even threatened to sue the Intelligence Committee if they subpoenaed him – leading Schiff to back off his request for testimony.
Bolton’s book, The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir, will hit shelves Tuesday – even after the Department of Justice attempted to halt its release with a stop order.
The DOJ argued that the memoir included ‘highly classified’ information that should not be released to the public.
President Donald Trump, however, has contradicted his Justice Department by claiming the book is full of ‘lies’ and is ‘fiction’ Bolton created as revenge for being fired – even though Bolton still insists he resigned from his post after several disagreements with the president on foreign policy strategy.
‘A lot of it is not a surprise, but at the same time, exposure of this president’s misconduct is the best way to protect this country,’ Schiff said of what he has learned from the book already.
‘Trump is dealing away our national security, he’s dealing away the values of this country – in secret – in order to help himself,’ he said.
Bolton said, both in the book and in interviews ahead of its release, that Trump’s sole focus when making decisions – including regarding national security and foreign policy – was made with the goal of getting reelected.