Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S. National security adviser John Bolton during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
On Tuesday, RedState’s Bonchie asked a good question: “John Bolton Now Says He’ll Testify, But Will It Matter?”
Well, the President must be a RedState reader, because he had something to say about that to Fox Friday.
During an interview on The Ingraham Angle, Trump announced that he’ll use executive privilege to prevent the former national security advisor from opening his yapper in the impeachment trial.
As reported by The Daily Caller, Laura asked the Commander-in-Chief:
“Why not call Bolton? Why not allow him to testify? This thing is bogus. Why not allow Bolton to testify?”
The Donald began:
“No problem, other than one thing. You can’t be in the White House as president — future, I’m talking about future…any future presidents — and have a security advisor, anybody having to do with security, and legal and other things but especially…”
Ingraham shot in between his words — “Are you going to invoke executive privilege?”
To Trump, it’s about the office itself:
“Well I think you have to for the sake of the office.”
The topic’s been quite the to-do.
Bolton‘s possible testimony in the impeachment trial of Trump has become the subject of much scrutiny since the probe was opened by Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi…this fall.
On January 6th, the former aide indicated via a statement that he’s ready to talk on the stand if necessary:
During the present impeachment controversy, I have tried to meet my obligations both as a citizen and as former National Security Advisor. My colleague, Dr. Charles Kupperman, faced with a House committee subpoena on the one hand, and a Presidential directive not to testify on the other, sought final resolution of this Constitutional conflict from the Federal judiciary. After my counsel informed the House committee that I too would seek judicial resolution of these Constitutional issues, the committee chose not to subpoena me. Nevertheless, I publicly resolved to be guided by the outcome of Dr. Kupperman’s case.
[S]ince my testimony is once again at issue, I have had to resolve the serious competing issues as best I could, based on careful consideration and study. I have concluded that, if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify.
John could’ve made himself less of a lightning bolt; back to the Caller:
Bolton has made a number of cryptic comments since getting fired from the White House, such as saying in November that America’s “national security priorities is under attack from within.”
But Trump ain’t in the mood for all this. Hence, executive privilege.
Of course, the greatest privilege of all is having a GOP-filled Senate waiting to flush and jiggle the handle as soon as articles of impeachment reach the upper chamber — just as Democrats have used their privilege in the House.
All of this, no matter which way it goes, can only go one way.
And in the end, Democrats will have spent an incredible amount of time, effort and (your) money to symbolically attack the 2016 election — which is likely, it seems to me — to also attack the 2020 one. By assaulting their chance of victory.
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