Impeachment 2.0? Schiff Claims Bolton's Book Proves Trump Abused His Power
Former National Security Adviser John Bolton has been at battle with the Trump administration for months over a tell-all book he wrote about his time in the White House.
On Saturday, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth rejected requests from the Department of Justice for an injunction and temporary restraining order intended to prevent Bolton’s book, “The Room Where It Happened,” from being released on Tuesday.
Now, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff is apparently planning to use allegations made by Bolton about Trump to kick-off another investigation.
As noted by Breitbart, Schiff announced that he is consulting with fellow House Democrats on “next steps” following the emergence of new allegations against Trump that are outlined in Bolton’s upcoming memoir, The Room Where It Happened.
“We will continue to hold Trump accountable, and work to expose his abuses and corruption,” Schiff wrote in a Tuesday statement. “In the coming days, we will be consulting with the Speaker and other chairs on next steps,” he added.
Bolton’s staff were asked to testify before the House to Trump’s abuses, and did. They had a lot to lose and showed real courage.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 17, 2020
When Bolton was asked, he refused, and said he’d sue if subpoenaed. Instead, he saved it for a book.
Bolton may be an author, but he’s no patriot.
The California congressman slammed Bolton for opting to save the juicy details “for his book,” rather than sharing it during the House’s impeachment proceedings against Trump in late 2019 and early 2020.
“During impeachment proceedings in the House, members of John Bolton’s staff were asked to testify about President Trump’s abuse of power,” Schiff explained. “When Bolton was asked, he refused, and said that he would sue the House if he was subpoenaed.”
Schiff went on: “When Senate Republicans blocked Bolton’s testimony during the Senate trial to protect Trump, we asked if Bolton would be willing to provide written testimony before the trial was over. He refused, again, and decided to save it for his book.”
Despite his criticism of the former National Security adviser, Schiff still wants to use Bolton to his advantage in his quest to “hold Trump accountable.”
“Notwithstanding John Bolton’s self-serving silence during the impeachment investigation, the allegations he raises are very serious,” he wrote in his Tuesday statement, as Breitbart noted. “They further demonstrate what we proved at trial, not only regarding his Ukraine misconduct but more consequentially, that he has a pattern and practice of abusing his power for personal and political gain.”
The Trump-Bolton saga has been dragging on for nearly a year.
Bolton was reportedly fired last September after several well-publicized disagreements he had with the president over foreign policy decisions.
Bolton clashed with Trump’s non-hawkish policies that typically seek to use economic — instead of the military — pressure to achieve outcomes beneficial to U.S. interests.
One of the biggest sticking points between the two men came when they publicly seemingly disagreed on the handling North Korea.
Schiff even noted in his tweet that Bolton is “no patriot,” but apparently Democrats may use him to start another investigation into the president.