House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., accompanied by the impeachment managers House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo. speaks to reporters, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The U.S. Senate was poised to hear opening arguments Wednesday in President Donald Trumpâ€™s impeachment trial, with Democratic House managers set to make their case that Trump abused power and should be removed from office. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
A New York Times report about alleged passages in a draft of a book from former National Security Advisor John Bolton caused some furor in the course of the impeachment trial this week.
But multiple people disputed the claims in the report, including Office of Management and Budget head Mick Mulvaney and the Department of Justice.
As we reported, Bolton did not confirm the report, and video emerged of him commenting in August about the Ukraine calls and the relationship as “warm and cordial” with absolutely no indication that he thought there were any concerns there, seemingly contradicting the alleged claims by the New York Times. He didn’t mention any problems, investigations, or quid pro quo, but he did mention that “fighting corruption” was an important priority for the Trump administration, which supports the point the Trump defense has been trying to make.
President Donald Trump tweeted about it last night noting, “Game over.”
GAME OVER! pic.twitter.com/yvMa6bPqfy
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2020
If Bolton actually said anything about aid and investigations, it would have come after he was let go and as he’s trying to promote a book. But it’s pretty much irrelevant in any event unless there was actually an effort to have pressured the Ukrainians to trade aid for investigations of the Bidens by Trump, which the Ukrainians, the transcript and all the witnesses denied.
Democrats used the report to argue to have new witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial and call Bolton, who many of them have disparaged for years. But because he may have something negative to say about the President, suddenly they’re interested in what he has to say.
But another video has emerged and it shows what a hypocrite that House Intel Chair Adam Schiff, the primary House Democratic impeachment manager is.
Here he is claiming that Bolton has no credibility.
From Fox News:
Separately, Fox News has identified clips of Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., now the lead House impeachment manager, in which he says Bolton had a distinct “lack of credibility” and was prone to “conspiracy theories.” This week, Schiff said Bolton needed to testify in the impeachment trial as an important and believable witness.
“This is someone who’s likely to exaggerate the dangerous impulses of the president toward belligerence, his proclivity to act without thinking, and his love of conspiracy theories,” Schiff told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on March 22, 2018, when Trump named Bolton national security adviser.
“And I’ll, you know, just add one data point to what you were talking about earlier, John Bolton once suggested on Fox News that the Russian hack of the DNC [Democratic National Committee] was a false flag operation that had been conducted by the Obama administration,” he said. “So, you add that kind of thinking to [former U.S. attorney] Joe diGenova and you have another big dose of unreality in the White House.”
He also attacked him back in 2005.
Schiff made similar arguments back in May 2005, saying in an interview with CNN’s “Crossfire” that Bolton was “more focused on the next job than doing well at the last job” when he was up for nomination as ambassador to the United Nations under then-President George W. Bush.
“And particularly given the history, where we’ve had the politicizing of intelligence over WMD [weapons of mass destruction], why we would pick someone who the very same issue has been raised repeatedly, and that is John Bolton’s politicization of the intelligence he got on Cuba and other issues, why we would want someone with that lack of credibility, I can’t understand,” Schiff had said.
So, pray tell, Mr. Schiff, why do you want to have a witness who so “lacks credibility,” according to you?