President Donald Trump says if former national security adviser John Bolton is going ahead with a book it is "totally inappropriate." (June 15) AP Domestic


WASHINGTON – John Bolton, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, has created a buzz in Washington with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle responding to  lead House impeachment manager in Trump's trial, wrote "Bolton may be an , but he’s no patriot," and expressed his frustration that many of Bolton's staff testified, but he refused "and said he’d sue if subpoenaed."

"They had a lot to lose and showed real courage," Schiff tweeted about the witnesses who did testify in front of the House. He continued that Bolton "saved it for a book."

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who tweeted, "It was clear then and could not be any clearer now: the vote to convict and remove Donald Trump from office was absolutely the right vote."

"The revelations in Bolton’s book make Senate Republicans’ craven actions on impeachment look even worse—and history will judge them for it," he concluded. 

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Rep. Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, released a statement, saying if Bolton's accounts are "accurate, this was another extraordinary abuse of American foreign and national security policy.

He said the "House will continue to look for answers wherever we may find them about the President’s abuses and corruption. I will be consulting with the Speaker and my fellow chairs on next steps in this matter.”

“What we’ve just learned makes it even more difficult to understand why Ambassador Bolton did not testify during the House’s impeachment inquiry. If President Trump urged the Chinese leader to help with his reelection, just as he pressed the Ukrainian leader to do, the American people deserved to know that information," the statement said.

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Biden also released a statement, writing, if it is true that Trump "directly asked Xi Jinping, China’s leader, to help him get re-elected" that is "not only morally repugnant, it’s a violation of Donald Trump’s sacred duty to the American people to protect America’s interests and defend our values."

Democratic lawmakers continued to release statements and tweet Wednesday evening:

Rep. Doug Collins, R-GA., the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee who opposed Trump's impeachment, suggested Bolton was being opportunistic, tweeting, "$2 million. Apparently that’s all it took for John Bolton to sell off what little credibility he had left."

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN., told Washington Post White House reporter Seung Min Kim on Wednesday the new revelations from Bolton's book wouldn't cause him to rethink his choice in not voting to call forth witnesses. He reportedly said, “Did I need any more evidence to be convinced that President Trump did what he was accused of doing? I said he did it. I was convinced.”

Alexander explained to USA TODAY in early February during the Senate trial that he believed the House had proved its case that Trump withheld aid to pressure Ukraine into investigating Biden. But that act, while “inappropriate,” was not impeachable, he said then. 

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