Former National Security Advisor John Bolton is back in the news this week after a cherry-picked snippet from his upcoming book magically leaked to the media during the middle of the Senate impeachment trial into President Donald Trump.
While the media has gone from loathing Bolton to now loving him, the former national security adviser actually has a history of lying to the American people when he believes “national security is at risk” and he has to lie to protect it.
The Intercept in 2016 pointed out that Bolton “is arguably the man most responsible for hiding the truth about Iraq’s nonexistent WMDs,” referring to Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq.
Bolton was pressuring former President George W. Bush at the time to invade Iraq even before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
In fact, Bolton has said on live television that if he felt national security were at risk, he would lie to the American people.
“If I had to say something I knew was false to protect American national security, I would do it,” Bolton said.
Now, a new book written by Bolton is being reviewed by the National Security Council, where portions of it were leaked to the New York Times.
Deep State Resistance types obviously corrupted the review process and leaked a passage of his upcoming book.
In the leaked pieces, Bolton reportedly wrote that President Donald Trump told him personally that he was withholding aid for Ukraine over favors he requested from them.
In Bolton’s book, reported on ahead of its publication by The New York Times, the former US national security adviser reportedly says Trump told him in 2019 that he would withhold military aid from Ukraine until President Volodymyr Zelensky agreed to investigate Trump’s political rivals.
Trump’s high-profile lawyer Alan Dershowitz says none of the acts said to be described in John Bolton’s coming book constitute an impeachable offense.
“If any president had done what The Times reported about the content of the Bolton manuscript, that would not constitute an impeachable offense,” Dershowitz said.
“You cannot turn conduct that is not impeachable into impeachable conduct simply by using words like ‘quid pro quo’ and ‘personal benefit,'” Dershowitz said.
It didn’t take long for Trump to blast Bolton on Twitter and dispute the accusations.
Normally, the words of a former national security adviser would be accepted as solid testimony — but Bolton is on video above admitting that he would lie in situations he deems necessary.
Bolton is also likely still angry with Trump for his public firing and is trying to sell a book, which lends credence to skeptics who say he’s saying whatever he can for attention and more money.