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Sat Oct 26, 2019, 07:38 PM

Waiting for Bolton: A Capital Speculates on What He Will Say

WASHINGTON — The message that John R. Bolton, President Trump’s former national security adviser, sent supporters of his newly reopened political action committee last week raised as many questions as it answered in a capital consumed by impeachment.

Mr. Bolton implicitly criticized Mr. Trump’s foreign policy, declaring that “despite all the friendly notes and photo ops, North Korea isn’t our friend and never will be.” But he also wrote that the nation’s security “is under attack from within,” citing “radicalized Democrats.”

The conflicting signals were maddening. After either resigning or being fired last month depending on whose version is to be believed, is Mr. Bolton so estranged from Mr. Trump that he might provide damaging testimony to House investigators? Or does he share the president’s view of out-of-control Democrats pursuing an illegitimate impeachment out of partisan excess?

The question is more than academic. As the House inquiry enters its second month, there may be no one in Washington that investigators want to question more than Mr. Bolton. His name has come up repeatedly in testimony that has depicted him resisting Mr. Trump’s Ukraine pressure campaign and warning that Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, was a “hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up.”

But even as he has been at the center of the discussion during the impeachment inquiry, the outspoken former Fox News commentator has remained uncharacteristically silent. To Democrats who vilified him for years as an ultraconservative warmonger, suddenly Mr. Bolton has emerged as a much-sought witness who in the narrative they are assembling may have made a principled stand against Mr. Trump’s abuse of power to advance domestic political goals.


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Sat Oct 26, 2019, 07:45 PM

1. I would not tie too many horses to Bolton's wagon. He is not to be trusted.

For one thing, he (and many other "principled" conservatives) relies on Right Wing media for income. He is not going to bite the hand that feeds him.

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Sat Oct 26, 2019, 08:11 PM

2. Since he won't know what others will say or have said, he can't risk lying.

He surely realizes that more than a couple of people know what he knows. In fact, the knowledge from the inside about recent events is probably more widespread than many might assume. Some were fellow participants and/or witnesses to what happened. Others had conversations with him on the subject.

Also, don't forget (and this is big) that he instructed his assistant to document events and talk to a lawyer about it (an NSC lawyer, I think). Those don't sound like the actions of people who were ready to protect Trump. And let's also not forget the quote attributed to Bolton about not participating in a "drug deal".

Plus, like everything we've heard about most people who have worked for Trump, they probably hate the guy. I cannot imagine that any of them would risk prison for the benefit of Trump.

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