Politics Ex-Trump aide John Bolton has book deal, may publish ahead of 2020 election, reports say
Impeachment: Ex-Trump adviser John Bolton faces tightrope as Democrats seek his testimony on Ukraine
If he shows up Thursday, Bolton would be the highest-ranking Trump administration official to testify in the impeachmnt inquiry.Bolton is a hard-charging hawk who clashed repeatedly with his boss, President Donald Trump, and left the White House under acrimonious circumstances. But he is also a GOP stalwart who will likely resist becoming a pawn in the House Democrats' polarizing impeachment probe.
President Donald Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton has suggested he has a lot to say about the impeachment inquiry facing his old boss, and while it remains to be seen if he'll ever testify to Congress about what he knows, he may offer revelations in an upcoming book, according to media reports.
Bolton has a deal with publisher Simon & Schuster to write a book that may publish ahead of the 2020 election, the Associated Press and CNN reported, citing unnamed sources.
Bolton willing to defy White House and testify if court clears the way, according to people familiar with his views
The former national security adviser is expected to confirm his deep alarm about the Ukraine pressure campaign, they said.
The same literary agency that represented former FBI Director James Comey and the anonymous author of "A Warning" helped Bolton land the $2 million deal, according to AP.
Bolton – a national security hawk who was often at odds with Trump and other White House officials who favored a less interventionist foreign policy –. Trump tweeted that he asked for Bolton's resignation and that he "disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions." Two days later, he tweeted that Bolton was actually "holding me back" when it came to handling the crisis in Venezuela.
In speech, Bolton suggested Trump's policy decisions guided by personal interest
The former national security director was especially critical of the president's handling of Turkey, according to multiple sources.According to six people who were there, Bolton also questioned the merits of Trump applying his business acumen to foreign policy, saying such issues can't be approached like the win-or-lose edict that drives real estate deals: When one deal doesn't work, you move on to the next.
Trump-Bolton breakup was inevitable:
I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
But Bolton, tweeting that he had offered Trump his resignation and the president had told him, "Let's talk about it tomorrow."
I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, "Let's talk about it tomorrow."— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton)
"I will have my say in due course," Boltonafter his departure, adding that his "sole concern is US national security."
Bolton's name has repeatedly come up in the House impeachment inquiry into allegations that Trump used military aid as leverage to get Ukraine to open investigations that would benefit him politically. Witnesses said Bolton was highly critical of the effort and that he said he wanted nothing to do with what he characterized as a "drug deal."
The GOP’s Witnesses Aren’t Helping Trump
If Republicans thought Kurt Volker and Timothy Morrison would bust the Democrats’ case for impeachment, they were likely disappointed by what they heard today.Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, is sworn in to testify before a House Intelligence Committee hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on Nov. 15.
He declined an invitation to testify in the impeachment inquiry and his lawyer told congressional Democrats he would fight a subpoena. But his attorney, Charles Cooper, also teased that Bolton was ", meetings, and conversations about which you have already received testimony" and suggested that he could speak about "many relevant meetings and conversations that have not yet been discussed in the testimonies thus far."
Democrats have said they will not issue a subpoena for Bolton because of the time it would take to resolve a court battle.
"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace asked Rep. Sean Maloney, D-N.Y., why Democrats were not willing to endure a delay in order to obtain testimony from Bolton, "perhaps the best witness other than the president as to what was going on inside the Oval Office."
"We would love to have Mr. Bolton's evidence," answered Maloney, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee. But he added that the committee already had "sufficient evidence from credible witnesses." He said he felt confident the House would impeach the president and that the case would move to the Senate, "where there will be a trial, where witnesses like Ambassador Bolton will have an opportunity again to provide the information they know."
Officials Testify That Trump Requests on Ukraine Call Were Inappropriate
The new accounts came as the House Intelligence Committee opened a packed week of testimony, with nine witnesses scheduled to answer questions before the public before the House decamps for Thanksgiving. Democrats used Tuesday’s back-to-back hearings to move the focus of their growing case into the White House and back to the July phone call they see as the centerpiece of an abuse of power by Mr. Trump.Taking their cues from the White House, Republicans moved aggressively to try to undercut the day’s lead witness, Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, the National Security Council’s Ukraine expert.
Maloney said he thought Bolton's testimony would not be "favorable to the president." But it is unknown what he would say if he testified, or what he might write in his upcoming book.
His hawkish stances did not mesh with a president who wishes to see the U.S. shoulder less responsibility in world affairs, and his White House exit was less than amicable. But Bolton is a staunch Republican who might be reluctant to hand Democrats political ammunition.
"Frankly, I don’t think anybody knows, except John Bolton, exactly what role he wants to play in this drama," said Aaron David Miller, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Contributing: Bart Jansen and Deirdre Shesgreen
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY:
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