After this article was completed, the Senate voted on January 31 against adding witnesses to the trial, effectively ending Democratic Party efforts to extend the trial against Trump indefinitely. It is likely Trump will be acquitted by a vote on February 5. Typically, the delusional and corrupt Rep. Adam Schiff, along with Pelosi and the other Congressional putchists, refused to accept their defeat, insisting they will continue to harass the President with more investigations.
Donald Trump is absolutely right about John Bolton, the war hawk who once served as his National Security Adviser, who is now being embraced by desperate Democrats as the possible savior for their collapsing impeachment campaign to remove him from office.
As the Democrats and their media allies were escalating their manic efforts to convince Senate Republicans that Bolton be allowed to testify, they were at the same time assuring the anti-Trump faithful that his testimony would be a "bombshell", exposing that Trump has been lying in his explanation of what he said in a July 25 phone call with Ukraine's President Zelensky. In response, the president tweeted on January 29,
"Why didn't John Bolton complain about this 'nonsense' a long time ago, when he was very publicly terminated." Trump pointed out that, at that time, Bolton said "NOTHING." If he were so upset by what he now claims to have been such an egregious illegal act, a "drug deal" according to "sources", why remain silent about his purported conversation with Trump for more than five months?
Trump's tweet is a reference to a New York Times (NYT) article, which cites Bolton's soon-to-be-released memoir as including a section which the Times scribblers claim is proof that Trump did approve a "quid pro quo" deal be imposed on Ukraine, that they would only receive military aid and a public meeting with him in the White House if they announced an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden's corrupt activities in Ukraine. As has been the case in most of the NYT's coverage of the Trump presidency, their reporters inserted their own anti-Trump interpretation of a less-than-clear statement from Bolton, as the passage cited shows that Trump was talking about investigating their involvement in the launching of Russiagate, not about Hunter Biden and Burisma—if such a conversation ever actually took place, which Trump and others cited by Bolton deny. That this became the Democrats' latest "new evidence" against Trump shows how weak their case on Ukraine has been, with the two articles of impeachment passing in the House on a strictly partisan vote, while the trial in the Senate has provided Trump's legal team with the opportunity prove that not only were no impeachable acts committed, but there is no evidence to back the claims of impeachable acts.
TRUMP HIGHLIGHTS DEMOCRATS' HYPOCRISY
Trump followed this with another tweet, which referred to the failure of Bolton to gain Senate approval as U.N. Ambassador, when George W. Bush appointed him in March 2005. Bolton's nomination was derailed by strong Democratic Party opposition, which was joined by some Republicans. The Democrats threatened to filibuster (that is, close down the Senate proceedings) unless his nomination were withdrawn. In the end, Bush granted him a "recess appointment", meaning he did not have to be voted in to serve on an interim basis.
Commenting on this, Trump tweeted, "For a guy who couldn't get approved for the Ambassador to the U.N. years ago, couldn't get approved for anything since, 'begged' me for a non Senate approved job, which I gave him...mistakenly says 'Libyan model' on T.V. [which sabotaged talks with Kim Jong-un], and many more mistakes of judgement, gets fired because frankly, if I listened to him, we would be in World War Six by now, and goes out and IMMEDIATELY writes a nasty & untrue book....Who would do this?"
His "World War Six" quip is not hyperbole. Bolton has called for military response against North Korea, Syria and Iran, and has opposed pulling U.S. troops out of the endless wars in Southwest Asia. It has been revealed that an aide he brought in, David Wurmser, who has a long history of pushing military conflict in the region on behalf of Greater Israel expansionists, drafted a memo on June 22, 2019, calling for an act of "regime disruption" to deal with Iran. Among Wurmser's proposals was killing Iranian Al Quds leader Soleimani. The date of that memo is important, as it was submitted the day after Trump decided to pull back from a strike against Iran, after Iran shot down a U.S. drone. Bolton was reported to have been very upset by Trump's decision not to launch a punishing response.
DEMOCRATS ARE WAR HAWKS
But even more damning is the exposure of the rank opportunism of the Democrats, in grabbing onto Bolton to make their case. As the impeachment case was first being presented in the U.S. Senate, leading Democratic manager, Rep. Adam Schiff, insisted that Bolton must be brought in as a witness. Schiff went so far as to say that Bolton's testimony is essential to the "search for truth."
Trump's reference to the Democratic opposition to Bolton's appointment by Bush in 2005 is especially poignant, when one looks at what Democrats said as to why they opposed the nomination. Many referred to Bolton's role in pushing false intelligence reports in the lead-up to the Iraq war, as he claimed that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, and he spread the lie that Saddam was trying to purchase yellow cake uranium, which could be used in nuclear weapons, from Niger. Then-Senator Joe Biden declared that putting Bolton in as U.N. Ambassador would be equivalent to releasing "a bull in a China shop," while others said he could not be trusted.
Fox NEWS released a highly relevant clip of Adam Schiff, who accused Bolton of "politicization" of intelligence, during hearings on his appointment in May 2005. At that time, Schiff asked, "Why would we want someone with that lack of credibility?"
More evidence showing Schiff's blatant hypocrisy emerged, with the release of comments made by Bolton on August 27, 2019 to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, when he described the July 25 phone call, and an earlier one, between President Trump and Zelensky as "very warm and cordial calls." Obviously, after his firing by Trump on September 10, he changed his mind about the calls.
Another video surfaced in which Bolton admitted he would lie to back up his policies. He told a Fox News interviewer in 2010, "If I had to say something I knew was false to protect American national security, I would do it." Unfortunately for him, and for his new-found Democratic fan club, Bolton believes that wars based on lies are somehow needed to "protect American national security."
It is that elevated level of hypocrisy that is targeted in Trump's tweets. But his supporters must go further, to make the case clear to the American people. This is not just hypocrisy-as-usual in American politics. What it demonstrates is the deeper intent behind the whole three years of attacks on Trump. The underlying issue is a fundamental policy dispute—Trump ran as a candidate pledged to ending the "endless wars" imposed on America by Bush and Obama, while his opponents, beginning with the Bush neocons in the Republican primaries, and then Hillary Clinton in the general election, intend to continue those wars. The allegiance to British imperial geopolitical doctrines is what led to an alliance between British intelligence operatives in GCHQ and MI6, typified by Christopher Steele's phony anti-Trump dossier, with Bush Never-Trumpers and the pro-war Democrats, who promoted the Russiagate, and then Ukrainegate narratives, to pull off a regime change coup against Trump, and the American people who elected him.
That they have not yet succeeded will not stop them. Given that conviction in the Senate is highly unlikely, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Schiff and others have announced they will continue to pursue Trump's removal. Their embrace of Bolton demonstrates that they are desperate, as a second term for Trump could lead to not only an end to the wars of the last two decades, but to the British geopolitical, unilateralist doctrine which requires such wars.
And it is the defense of that failed doctrine which is ultimately what has driven their commitment to a regime change coup in the U.S.