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Tue Jan 7, 2020, 09:16 AM

Is war with Iran a price Trump is willing to pay to buy the silence of John Bolton and Mike Pompeo?

Is war with Iran a price Trump is willing to pay to buy the silence of John Bolton and Mike Pompeo?
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/1/6/1909720/-Is-war-with-Iran-a-price-Trump-is-willing-to-pay-to-buy-the-silence-of-John-Bolton-and-Mike-Pompeo?detail=emaildkre

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Both former national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are deeply involved in Trump’s efforts to extort political favors from Ukraine—so much so that Bolton is one of the four men sought by Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer as a witness for the Senate trial.

As the scandal unfolded, it was Bolton who was the boss of both Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Dr. Fiona Hill. He was there for the meetings in which Ambassador Gordon Sondland made clear the connections between Trump’s demands and assistance to Ukraine. It was Bolton who both sent Vindman to see the National Security Council lead attorney and described events in Ukraine as a “drug deal.”

Meanwhile, it was Mike Pompeo who was the actual boss of not just Sondland but also Ambassador Kurt Volker—two out of “three amigos.” It was Pompeo who stood aside when Rudy Giuliani smeared Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. It was Pompeo who turned a deaf ear to warnings from Ambassador William Taylor. It was Pompeo who repeatedly undermined his own department to support the extortion scheme.

Truthful testimony from either man is the one thing that could easily turn Trump’s Senate hearing from a test of how quickly Mitch McConnell can fling down a gavel to a genuine threat of removal from office. In fact, either Bolton or Pompeo could call a press conference at any time and utterly sink Trump by simply filling in the very narrow blanks in what the public already knows about Trump’s Ukraine scheme. That means that they, along with acting chief of staff and OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, have tremendous power over Trump.

Bolton and Pompeo have long agreed on one thing: They want a war with Iran. In giving them that war, was Trump reaching for the only distraction he knew would be big enough to keep anyone from looking too closely at the ever-strengthening case for his removal, or was everything that’s happened in Iraq over the last week the payoff for the silence of men who have Trump under their thumb? Was it both?

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Except … Bolton and Pompeo. It’s quite a damned coincidence that the people in a position to squeeze Trump got just what they wanted, just at the moment that best serves Trump.

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Reply Is war with Iran a price Trump is willing to pay to buy the silence of John Bolton and Mike Pompeo? (Original post)
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Wounded Bear Jan 7 #2
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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 09:23 AM

1. There are just way too many people involved in the Ukraine scandal

for this to be just to keep Bolton and Pompeo silent.

For me, this is the script of Wag the Dog being played out in real life.

I just hope the situation can be difused quickly and the escalation held to a minimum.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 09:51 AM

2. Trump will do anything to protect his ass...

There are no limits to his mendacity and cowardice.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 10:00 AM

3. Exactly!

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 10:03 AM

4. and that's what scares the living crap out of me. :( nt

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