If House Democrats thought they had an ally in former national security advisor John Bolton, they should think again.
On Wednesday the 71-year-old, former United States Ambassador to the UN, broke his silence and lambasted House Democrats, for leading a lawless impeachment inquest against President Trump, describing the folly as a “grossly partisan” effort.
Moreover stating that his testimony “wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the trial.”
According to the Associated Press, Bolton made his remarks during a public appearance alongside another former national security advisor Susan Rice, at Vanderbilt Unversity in front of some 1,500 attendees for the Vanderbilt Chancellors Lecture Series entitled “Defining U.S. Global Leadership.”
Bolton had agreed to the one on one debate with Rice in Nashville, two weeks after Senate Republicans acquitted the President, without Bolton testifying, which became an 11th hour ploy by embattled House Democrats led by the team of Pelosi, Schiff, and Nadler, attempting to ride roughshod over the Senate.
The President had cut Bolton lose from his administration because of policy differences, and speculation within the White House was that Bolton harbored some ill will towards the President, for publicly announcing his dismissal as a “firing.”
That apparent rebuff by the President may have fueled Bolton’s apparent irritation with the President by announcing his new book titled “Surrender Is Not An Option” in which the former national security advisor implied within a rough draft, that the President told him military aid to Ukraine was conditioned on whether its leaders would investigate former Vice President Joe Biden along with his son Hunter, however, the context of the rough draft was never actually verified, which produced wild speculation among House Democrats, itching to impeach the President.
Bolton’s encounter with Rice regarding the President’s impeachment provided a spirited debate between the two.
“I can’t imagine withholding my testimony,” Rice said.
“I was prepared to testify, there was a vote,” Bolton responded. “Multiple times where senators were against it.”
“Didn’t you expect that?” Rice asked him.
“No, I didn’t expect that,” Bolton replied. “My testimony would have made no difference to the outcome if they knew what was going on in Washington.”
He added, “I sleep at night because I have followed my conscience.”
Bolton also noted that, contrary to claims by Democrats who called upon him to testify, he does not believe that his testimony would have changed the final impeachment outcome
“People can argue about what I should have said and what I should have done,” Bolton said. “I would bet you a dollar right here and now, my testimony would have made no difference to the ultimate outcome.”
Bolton also noted that as a former member of the Presidents Cabinet, Trump could have easily invoked executive privilege, denying him the opportunity to “spill his guts” regarding the President’s dealings with Ukraine in that he could have faced criminal prosecution if he had shared, even inadvertently, information that is deemed classified.
When asked about the release of his book, slated for March, Bolton acknowledged that the White House review process concerning sensitive information is still in progress, regarding whether certain information within his book can be disclosed.
Adding, “I’m not here to speculate on that with the pre-publication review process underway.”
That reference drew laughter from some in the audience.
Bolton responded, “Laugh all you want. This is the judgment of my counsel, somebody I worked with 35 years ago, 30 years ago at the Department of Justice.”