Turns out, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, the Democrats’ lead impeachment manager, agrees with President Trump about former national security adviser John Bolton’s motives.
During an appearance Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Schiff commented on Bolton saying earlier this month if he is subpoenaed in the Senate impeachment trial that he was willing to testify — this coming after Bolton refused to voluntarily testify before the House.
“But I have to say it is vexing that [Bolton] would refuse to come before the House because he claimed he needed basically a court blessing that he could do it, but now he can come before the Senate,” Schiff said. “Now, he will have to answer questions about that.
“Why is it that only now he is willing to come forward? I think it is pretty clear that the book has a lot to do with it.”
Even Impeachment Manager Schiff agrees with @realDonaldTrump on Bolton's motives:
"I think it's pretty clear the book has a lot to do with this." pic.twitter.com/toq4cgpiLo
— Mark Bednar (@MarkBednar) January 28, 2020
What changed is a timely New York Times article out Sunday night that cited the manuscript of Bolton’s unpublished book to report President Trump linked a hold on Ukrainian aid to an investigation of Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.
The Times reported that the president told Bolton in August he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until the country helped with investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens.
The book manuscript was conveniently leaked to the newspaper just in time to apply pressure on Senate Republicans to allow new witnesses in Trump’s trial.
Right on cue, Schiff acted on the Times article to insist that Bolton be called to testify.
The President blocked our request for Bolton’s testimony.
Now we see why:
Bolton directly contradicts the heart of the President’s defense.
If the trial is to be fair, Senators must insist that Mr. Bolton be called as a witness, and provide his notes and other documents. https://t.co/go9DJdRDEf
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 27, 2020
Schiff also appeared on CNN’s “New Day” on Monday, telling anchor Alisyn Camerota that the “new revelations” from the Times change the trial “very dramatically.”
This from the party that claims it has an ironclad case against the president, nevermind that the “revelations” are unconfirmed allegations at this point.
“I think for the senators, and I’m just not talking about the four that been so much the focus of attention, for every senator, Democrat and Republican, I don’t know how you can explain that you wanted a search for the truth in this trial and say you don’t want to hear from a witness who had a direct conversation about the central allegation in the articles of impeachment,” Schiff said.
Trump quickly denied what Bolton allegedly said the president told him, adding that the former administration official is looking to “sell a book.”
“I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens. In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination. If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book,” he tweeted.
I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens. In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination. If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book. With that being said, the…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2020
Mark Levin, a constitutional law attorney and conservative radio host, laid out the strategy that Bolton appears to have employed regarding his book and explains the reasoning behind why Bolton did an about-face on testifying.
The controversy over the book comes the very day it’s available for presale and Levin said this “was obviously timed for maximum impact [and] sales, adding the “strategy also maximizes publicity for the book.”
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