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)
Hell has officially frozen over.
John Bolton, once derided as possessing an evil only second to Dick Cheney, now finds himself in a rather odd position. Namely, he’s becoming the great hope of the resistance, as details are emerging that he opposed Giuliani’s machinations with Ukraine.
Breaking News: John Bolton was said to be so alarmed by efforts to pressure Ukraine that he told an aide to alert White House lawyers: “Giuliani’s a hand grenade." https://t.co/QmkKTj8kjj
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 15, 2019
This sent blue-checkmark journos and left-wing agitators rushing to latch onto what Bolton had reportedly said.
.@AmbJohnBolton welcome to the Resistance.
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) October 15, 2019
The editorializing by the Times that Bolton was “so alarmed” is fairly typical. What we know is that he wasn’t comfortable with Giuliani’s actions so he sent someone to check with White House lawyers on the legal aspects. That seems like a rather smart thing to do on his part. That’s not really scandalous, as it would have been Bolton’s job as a primary advisor to ensure there wouldn’t be blow-black. Even if Bolton was “alarmed” about Giuliani, and that’s a perfectly reasonable position to take, what is that supposed to add up to besides a guy’s opinion?
Further, what exactly does this mean in terms of impeachment or quantifying any supposed quid pro quo? Absolutely nothing. The fact that people were concerned, much like when dealing with the whistle-blower report itself, is not indicative of anything. Adam Schiff is spinning his wheels and he knows it. The transcript is out there. No further evidence has emerged (although they’ve desperately tried to pass some off) that points to any corroboration of corruption in the call. Ukraine did not know the aid was on hold and Trump never brought it up or threatened it. It’s really that simple.
We can argue all day whether discussing Biden was morally improper. It’s beside the point and a distraction. You don’t impeach a President a year before an election based on opinions of such matters. Where’s the high crime and misdemeanor here? It’s not there and no amount of interviews is going to suddenly produce it. The source document is out there and we know what it says.
As to the left suddenly embracing John Bolton, it’s hilarious in its own right. Bolton has been painted as a warmonger, human rights abuser, and awful human being by the Democrats for almost two decades. Now they want to look to him to provide fodder for their witch hunt? I have a feeling Bolton, even with his disagreements with Trump, isn’t going to be interested in playing that game.
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