John Bolton defends not testifying in Trump’s impeachment saying ‘I wouldn’t make a difference’ despite claiming the president obstructed justice numerous times in his tell-all book
- John Bolton said he didn’t testify in Donald Trump’s impeachment proceedings because he felt he ‘wouldn’t make a difference’
- The former national security adviser told ABC in an interview that will air Sunday night that it was ‘too politicized’
- Adam Schiff claimed that Bolton’s decision not to testify was actually ‘greedy’
- The House Intelligence Committee chairman claimed Bolton wanted to sell the information in a book rather than give it freely to Congress
- Bolton also details in the book that Trump obstructed justice as he claims the president’s sole focus when making decisions was on getting reelected
John Bolton insists he decided not to testify before the House Intelligence Committee as part of its impeachment investigation into Donald Trump because he didn’t think he would ‘make a difference’ in the proceedings.
ABC News’ Martha Raddatz revealed Sunday morning that she pushed the former national security adviser on the matter, but ‘he through it [impeachment] was too politicized.’
Raddatz was the first to interview Bolton on the details of his upcoming book, ‘The Room Where it Happened: a White House memoir,’ and the full hour-long special will air Sunday night as clips and snippets have been released all week.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff called Bolton to testify in the impeachment proceedings following his contentious exit from the White House.
Bolton refused – and threatened to sue if he was subpoenaed – and is now claiming he did so in order to avoid getting mixed up in the debacle, which ultimately ended in trump’s acquittal in the Senate.
John Bolton told ABC in an interview that will air Sunday night that he did not testify in Donald Trump’s impeachment hearing because he ‘wouldn’t make a difference’
Bolton told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz that he felt the proceedings were ‘too politicized’ – even though he claimed in several accounts in his book that Trump obstructed justice
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff claimed that Bolton’s decision not to testify was actually ‘greedy’ because he wanted to sell the information in a book rather than give it freely to Congress
The 557-page book will hit shelves on Tuesday and details Bolton’s 17 months as Donald Trump’s national security adviser
Lawmakers, however, insist Bolton’s decision was purely selfish, ‘greedy’ and financial – as he prepares to release his tell-all book on Tuesday detailing his 17 months in Trump’s White House.
Schiff said Sunday morning in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press: ‘It was only the greed that made him come forward in this book.’
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 Chuck Todd.
Republican Senator Tim Scott was also critical of the former Trump aide.
‘I do wish that Mr. Bolton would have come into the House under oath and testified,’ Scott told ABC’s This Week Sunday morning.
‘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.
The bombshell book includes several revelations of Trump’s actions and strategy on foreign affairs and international policy.
The president has claimed that the book includes ‘highly classified’ information and should be blocked from publication, but has also insisted that it is filled with ‘lies’ and is a work of ‘fiction.’
The contradiction comes as his Justice Department failed in seeking a stop order to prevent classified information from being leaked by the book’s release.
While the order was denied, the Reagan-appointed judge claimed that Bolton has threatened national security interests.
Bolton will begin a book tour, including several media appearances, this week after the Justice Department was denied in its attempt to block the book from publication in claiming in revealed ‘highly classified’ information
U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth insisted in the 10-page ruling in favor of Bolton that the ‘damage is done’ after 200,000 copies of the book have already circulated and some have been leaked to the media.
‘Defendant Bolton has gambled with the national security of the United States. He has exposed his country to harm and himself to civil (and potentially criminal) liability. But these facts do not control the motion before the Court. The government has failed to establish that an injunction will prevent irreparable harm. Its motion is accordingly DENIED,’ he wrote.
Bolton largely claims in his 557-page memoir that the president’s sole focus when making decisions is on getting reelected.
He will launch a book tour this week, which includes several more network interviews.