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Fri Jan 24, 2020, 02:21 AM

If Bolton Gives An Interview In The Press And Tells It Like It Is.....

can Trump still invoke 'executive privilege' to prevent him from being a witness at the impeachment trial?

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Reply If Bolton Gives An Interview In The Press And Tells It Like It Is..... (Original post)
global1 Jan 24 OP
RockRaven Jan 24 #1
BigmanPigman Jan 24 #2
uponit7771 Jan 24 #3
lark Jan 24 #4

Response to global1 (Original post)

Fri Jan 24, 2020, 02:36 AM

1. If Bolton wanted to testify, he could do so. No Trump scream of "executive privilege" can stop it.

Trump could try to get a court order to prevent it, and if he did, then Bolton would risk being sanctioned by the court who issued the order if he violated it... but from what I've seen/read many judicial pundits think the courts would decline to issue such an order. And if the courts do decline to get involved thusly, then there is nothing the executive branch can do (legally anyhow) to stop him. If Bolton were still an executive branch employee he could be fired... but since he's already been fired...

Does anyone think Bolton rolling on Trump will prevent him from getting into a new position of power which would otherwise still be available if he remained slavishly loyal to Trump? It seems to me that the answer is "no" at this time, because of how badly Trump is damaging the goals/ideology of Bolton's ilk. Whether Trumpist or Democrat, there is no clear route to Bolton getting his ideology immediately enacted. So submarining Trump is probably on the agenda, but not necessarily in a way which helps Democrats.

Really the only thing Bolton cares about is how crossing Trump to testify in such a situation would affect his own interests (personal/financial and ideological/political). Bolton is not going to help Democrats except by accident or incidentally. Whatever testimony he wishes to deliver is bound to be very, very, very self-serving. Democrats are damned if he does and damned if he does not, tbh.

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Response to RockRaven (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 24, 2020, 02:40 AM

2. He only care about Bolton and what's in it for him.

Schiff said the same thing in his closing remarks about the fucking moron. The same would apply it to every GOP senator or congressman too. The scum of the Earth.

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Response to RockRaven (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 24, 2020, 07:15 AM

3. +1,"bound to be very, very, very self-serving" Bolton reminds me of Jona from Veep

... just older and with a ridiculous mustache.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Fri Jan 24, 2020, 09:22 AM

4. There is no way he will do that.

He is a repug neo-war warhawk, remember, he just wants to personally profit from his book making news so he will not leak out anything important until then. He thinks just "volunteering" to come is enough to save his reputation and book and knows drumpf will claim Executive Privilege so is really just a self-serving lie. He doesn't care enough to stop the PUtin tool from stealing another election - he's a repug so even though dastardly, Bolton won't give up the dirt because it would hurt his party too much and he knows it.

If he was going to save the nation, he'd have already done it.

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