Sounds like former national security adviser John Bolton has finally come clean.
After the New York Times spread unconfirmed rumors about what was in his book and threw the impeachment trial into brief chaos with Democrats demanding Bolton be called as a witness, Bolton is finally admitting that nothing he would have said would have affected the outcome.
Bolton never confirmed the reports of what was in his book, thereby leaving the question out there. Rep. Adam Schiff, the chief Democratic impeachment manager during the trial claimed that he tried to reach out to him and get an affidavit from him after the Senate decided against witnesses but Bolton refused. Bolton said he would testify if subpoenaed.
After the Senate voted against more witnesses including possibly Bolton, the President was acquitted.
Bolton laid it out there during an appearance on Wednesday.
From Washington Examiner:
“People can argue about what I should have said and what I should have done,” Bolton said at an event with Susan Rice, another former national security adviser, at Vanderbilt University on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. “I would bet you a dollar right here and now, my testimony would have made no difference to the ultimate outcome.”
Gee, ya think? I think we figured that out, that’s why you weren’t coming forward with it, because anything you would have said had no bearing on the ultimate case since the facts didn’t support it to begin with. The New York Times claimed that he said in his book the president wanted to hook aid to Ukraine to investigations. Trump denied it and Bolton didn’t confirm it. But since Trump never said that to the Ukrainians anyway, it was sort of all pointless exercise since it didn’t happen.
Bolton also chastised the House for their partisan approach, saying that they “committed impeachment practice” and that drove away Republicans who might otherwise have voted for it.
Thanks a lot, you could have cleared it up at the time. But it’s a bit too late now.