Clipped from https://twitter.com/riotwomennn/status/1031914170759958528
Sometimes you read stuff that just leaves you shaking your head.
Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are questioning whether national security adviser John Bolton’s ties to Russia were properly vetted before he joined the White House this year.
In a letter to White House chief of staff John Kelly, Democrats cite recent reports indicating that Bolton worked with a Russian woman who was charged last month for failing to register as an agent of a foreign power in the U.S.
In their telling, Bolton “worked directly with a Russian citizen who has now been charged by federal prosecutors with infiltrating [the NRA] and spying against the United States for years.”
“Given the alarming and unprecedented nature of these revelations — and the high-level position of trust Mr. Bolton now holds — we request that you produce documents relating to whether Mr. Bolton reported his previous work with this alleged Russian spy on his security clearance forms or other White House vetting materials prior to President Trump appointing him to his current position,” Reps. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts wrote.
The lawmakers are asking for documents to be produced by Sept. 4 by the White House, National Security Council and FBI.
If you recall, when Trump was inaugurated, John Bolton was in the running to be Secretary of State and was opposed by Democrats and by neo-isolationists like Rand Paul because he was too hawkish on Russia. People thought he was spoiling for a fight with Russia.
“Trump can’t hire Bolton because he’ll start a war with Russia.”
*Trump hires Bolton*
“Bolton is in bed with Putin.”
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) August 21, 2018
While out of government, Bolton was with the NRA and did participate in some of their activities with a Russian gun rights group that has been in the crosshairs of the Democrats and NeverTrump for a few months. Contrary to what the Democrat statement says, Maria Butina has not been charged with “spying.” She’s been charged with failure to register as a foreign agent. This is a gun rights video Bolton made in December 2013 for distribution to the Russian parliament.
This is the meeting he attended with Butina that has knickers all wet, soiled and knotted among some Democrats.
Trump’s National Security Adviser, John Bolton, made a guest appearance at a 2013 round-table organized by The Right to Bear Arms in Russia, a group headed by Maria Butina (the Russian operative who was just arrested) and Alexander Torshin.
— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@riotwomennn) August 21, 2018
The demand for documents from the White House and the NSC is a joke, there is no way that they are going to respond to a partisan request for personnel records especially when there is a clear separation of powers issue. The FBI will undoubtedly respond at some point. But the whole objective here is not to find an answer to a legitimate question. The Democrats are just trying to keep the “Trump is owned by Putin” narrative alive. You saw that a week ago with Florida Senator Bill Nelson making up stories about Russian hacking of Florida’s election system. They will also be pushing the “NRA is a Russian front group” narrative in Congressional races to limit NRA effectiveness. Expect to see a lot more of this in the next couple of months as we get close to mid-terms.
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