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John Bolton Admits Last-Minute
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Posted By: Pluperfect, 2/22/2020 5:09:17 AM

Former National Security Advisor John Bolton admitted Wednesday that his testimony in President Donald Trump’s recent impeachment proceedings involving Ukraine would have had no impact on the trial’s outcome even after sections of his upcoming book leaked attempting to convict the president in its final days. “People can argue about what I should have said and what I should have done,” Bolton said at Vanderbilt University Wednesday night during a forum with his predecessor Susan Rice, according to ABC News. “I will bet you a dollar right here and now my testimony would have made no difference to the ultimate outcome.”

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Reply 1 - Posted by: DCGIRL 2/22/2020 5:27:51 AM (No. 325896)
I lost all respect for him.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: wsdiego 2/22/2020 5:31:24 AM (No. 325898)
The American people have had enough of this impeachment fiasco! You pilling on. just made it worse! Thanks a lot A-hole!
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Reply 3 - Posted by: judy 2/22/2020 5:43:54 AM (No. 325907)
Will Schiff call Bolton to testify? Will Brat Pitt apologize? Will the impeachment committee retract their statements? Will Romney ask to change his vote? Since the democrats made a choice to stage the entire impeachment around Bolton, they owe us an explanation.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: JunkYardDog 2/22/2020 6:11:55 AM (No. 325926)
John, you wanted to sell your book no matter how much it the country with this stunt? You disgust me, walrus face.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: NeverVoteDem 2/22/2020 6:16:47 AM (No. 325929)
Disgraceful. He caused a completely unnecessary firestorm for his own petty self promotion.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Petronius 2/22/2020 6:19:51 AM (No. 325931)
I am hugely disappointed with Mr. Bolton. I thought he was above this.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Strike3 2/22/2020 6:35:16 AM (No. 325943)
Some people just can't help it with the drama. He should be charged with some kind of interference even though his hissy fit is not as serious as that of the leadership of the House.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: ARKfamily 2/22/2020 6:48:17 AM (No. 325952)
Now I understand why he was let go. . .
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Reply 9 - Posted by: pinger 2/22/2020 6:52:40 AM (No. 325957)
That means that Adam Schiff is going to have a weepy weekend.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: NancyD 2/22/2020 6:59:30 AM (No. 325960)
President Trump can be mouthy at times ( I happen to think its hysterical and I like it ) but when he cuts someone loose its for a reason and I trust him. Bolton is a fool.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: jar 2/22/2020 7:02:47 AM (No. 325964)
I'm tired of these politicians who bring up their conscience to make themselves look good. He's another Mitt Romney.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: bpl40 2/22/2020 7:15:34 AM (No. 325974)
Susan Rice - "It is inconceivable to me that I would withhold my testimony if I had the knowledge...". She did more than that. She went out and actively lied about it on public tv.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: George R. 2/22/2020 7:17:20 AM (No. 325978)
It's a shame. There was a time when Bolton was a man of Honor!
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Rinktum 2/22/2020 7:39:18 AM (No. 326000)
After the hell this country has been put through these past three plus years thanks to the seditious actions of the left, the thought of adding fuel to this fire by Bolton is a disgraceful action. He watched the media and democrat party viciously attack the President daily based on zero evidence or facts but wholly motivated by visceral hatred, spite and bitterness. A man of good character and integrity would never add to such an obvious miscarriage of justice in order to benefit himself. Mr. Bolton should make a public apology to the President, his family and the country.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: franq 2/22/2020 7:40:16 AM (No. 326001)
Bolton, Roberts, Romney, W, McCain.... To think we were sold the idea that they were "good guys". And I believed it for a time.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: anniebc 2/22/2020 7:40:33 AM (No. 326003)
Bolton has been outed as a traitor, and look at him now, hanging out with Susan Rice. Special. These are fool us once days.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Muguy 2/22/2020 7:46:53 AM (No. 326015)
Both Bolton and Rex Tillerson are GONE for the same reason-- They acted beyond their responsibility to represent the President of the United States's policy direction. They did not do as they should have to do what Mr. Trump wanted done, they went off on THEIR OWN without his approval--. Like a child who disobeys, they got "spanked" and sent packing to play their "reindeer games" elsewhere. The Constitution give the President authority to decide what he wants to do with regard to foreign policy of the United States-- NOT the ENTRENCHED ESTABLISHMENT at the Department of State which is CRAMMED FULL of career people who try to run their own game regardless of who is President, and in the case of Hitlery Clinton, was used for illegal "side deals" for personal influence peddling to develop relationships with potential donors and SELLING U.S. OUT The persons who make up or attend quasi-government organizations where people of government and business TALK about INFLUENCING THE WORLD as they see it through POLITICAL INFLUENCE and MONEY are nothing more than a FEW people wanting to lord over everyone who does not have money and influence in domination over them. There was a time that books published about 30 years ago predicting this sort of thing were discounted as "conspiratorial" and poo-poohed. Books like Ralph Epperson's "The Unseen Hand" and Carroll Quigley's "Tragedy and Hope" almost seem prophetic now.... Quigley was one of Bubba Clinton's Profs at Georegtown and offers the blueprint for exposing this Global Elite
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Reply 18 - Posted by: udanja99 2/22/2020 7:59:11 AM (No. 326035)
What a weasely little piece of vermin excrement!
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Reply 19 - Posted by: janjan 2/22/2020 7:59:43 AM (No. 326037)
I don’t see any evidence in this article that Bolton admitted that this was a publicity stunt. That may be true but what am I missing here? Have any of the posters on this thread actually read it?
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Reply 20 - Posted by: MDConservative 2/22/2020 8:02:37 AM (No. 326043)
I missed it...where in the piece did Bolton "Admit the Last-Minute Impeachment Leak Was A Publicity Stunt"? Fake news.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: Historybuff 2/22/2020 8:11:31 AM (No. 326057)
Shameful? No- proof of the MSM in the tank. If you noticed after the leak, Bolton said NOTHING. He baited them, and had he been called to testify, he would have sent them on a merry chase after their tails.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: jeffkinnh 2/22/2020 8:15:00 AM (No. 326065)
"I will bet you a dollar right here and now my testimony would have made no difference to the ultimate outcome." So why would anyone want to buy Bolton's book when his narrative would make "no difference". Meanwhile, being a useful idiot for the dems, he helped roil up impeachment and allowed dems to have a narrative that "there was more to know and witnesses should have been called". Bolton pulled a cheap, theatrical stunt and in doing it proved he has little to contribute to the good of the Country. Frankly, he reminds me of Meghan Markle.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: Newtsche 2/22/2020 8:16:50 AM (No. 326071)
Bolton has totally destroyed his brand. He looks like a refugee from some long-ago kids' pupppet show.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: JediJerry 2/22/2020 8:20:45 AM (No. 326082)
We all knew that.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: LesUNo 2/22/2020 8:23:15 AM (No. 326087)
That headline is certainly a stretch.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: PCMM 2/22/2020 8:28:32 AM (No. 326091)
Once Trump leaves DC, level the place. They’re our nation’s worst enemy.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: starboard 2/22/2020 8:47:46 AM (No. 326120)
Bolton likes getting attention.
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Reply 28 - Posted by: MainelySane 2/22/2020 8:51:38 AM (No. 326126)
A dollar? C'mon, man! Make it worth betting on...
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Reply 29 - Posted by: msjena 2/22/2020 8:51:45 AM (No. 326128)
I predict his book sales will be underwhelming. He’s now like Megyn Kelly, hated by both liberals and conservatives.
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Reply 30 - Posted by: bigfatslob 2/22/2020 9:45:04 AM (No. 326207)
Mr. Got Milk was willing to enhance a statement because he was too hawkish and got fired by the President for it. Walrus Face better make a fortune on that book because he won't be able to work again. John Bolton lost all credibility the buffoon has CNN to go talk to.
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Reply 31 - Posted by: Urgent Fury 2/22/2020 9:54:52 AM (No. 326223)
Trump: the prescient president.
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Reply 32 - Posted by: USAdroit Editor 2/22/2020 10:13:35 AM (No. 326250)
Don't be misled! Contrary to the headline, this article contains nothing to support the claim that Bolton 'admitted last-minute impeachment leak was a publicity stunt." What's going on with The Federalist's misleading headline?
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Reply 33 - Posted by: Lala 2/22/2020 10:23:43 AM (No. 326269)
Was amused to see title of his book: “The Room Where It Happened” and hoped he and his publisher were paying Lin Manuel Miranda for the privilege. The show “Hamilton,” which is beloved by the Left, has a series of songs called “The Room Where It Happens.” Subtle. But then I remembered that the songs are sung by the traitorous Aaron Burr, angry about being left out of the decision-making at the highest levels of government. So while they probably think the book title will appeal to Hamilton libs, I bet they didn’t realize how apt their cute little stunt was (if it was intentional. Maybe I’m giving them too much credit).
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Reply 34 - Posted by: Sunhan65 2/22/2020 10:38:03 AM (No. 326287)
“I sleep at night because I have followed my conscience,” - John Bolton "Were I to...disregard what I believe my oath and the Constitution demands of me for the sake of a partisan end, it would, I fear, expose my character to history’s rebuke and the censure of my own conscience...." Beware men of "conscience."
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Reply 35 - Posted by: Sunhan65 2/22/2020 10:39:05 AM (No. 326289)
Second quote above was Romney on his vote to convict.
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Reply 36 - Posted by: Krause 2/22/2020 10:46:55 AM (No. 326294)
I used to think he was principled.
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Reply 37 - Posted by: earlybird 2/22/2020 10:46:59 AM (No. 326295)
The headline says the leak was a stunt. That could very well be, although I couldn’t find Bolton admitting it in so many words. Most of us believed it was a shoddy attempt to draw attention to his book. This sentence makes no sense: “The process drove Republicans who might have voted for impeachment away from the president because it was so partisan,” Bolton claimed.
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Reply 38 - Posted by: earlybird 2/22/2020 10:51:28 AM (No. 326304)
I reread the article. It appears that the headline writer saw “stunt" and attributed it to Bolton in error. Here is the quote: In the final days of the trial however, sections of Bolton’s upcoming book were leaked to the New York Times, featuring Bolton accusing Trump of tying the nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine with politically motivated investigations as Democrats alleged. The leak happened to come on the same day the book became available for online pre-order revealing the move as nothing more than a publicity stunt.
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Reply 39 - Posted by: little guy 2/22/2020 11:15:42 AM (No. 326336)
Cain, Cassius, Brutus, Judas, Guy Fawkes, Benedict Arnold, Robert Ford, Mata Hari, Tokyo Rose, Jane Fonda, Ezra Pound, Quisling, Petain, John Bolton, etc. Nice company to be in!
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Reply 40 - Posted by: farmwife 2/22/2020 11:22:14 AM (No. 326343)
It was to sell a book. I think it did just the opposite. And Romney looks even more like an idiot.
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Reply 41 - Posted by: Quigley 2/22/2020 11:25:23 AM (No. 326345)
Even worse: Romney's moral dilemma was created by a publicity stunt; he's not experienced enough to sense truth from BS; otherwise stated, he can't tell Sh** from Shinola.
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Reply 42 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 2/22/2020 11:41:28 AM (No. 326367)
As we thought, Bolton, you weasel. And we ain't buying your worthless book, pal.
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Reply 43 - Posted by: pensom2 2/22/2020 12:08:56 PM (No. 326409)
No, Bolton did not say, "My leak to the NY Times about two paragraphs in my book was a publicity stunt." Instead he admitted that the leak (which had to come from him or from his editors with his permission) was made to sell more books, though after the fact, he's now admitting there was nothing to the idea that his testimony would have made any difference whatsoever in the outcome of the impeachment trial. So, it was a stunt. Just like Bill Clinton admitting that he had oral sex with Monica, but that he hadn't lied to the American people because, in his lexicon, "oral sex" is not "sex."
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Reply 44 - Posted by: DVC 2/22/2020 12:16:55 PM (No. 326419)
You pooped in your soup, John. Now on my "never, ever trust this man" list. It will be nearly impossible to earn your way off of that list, too.
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Reply 45 - Posted by: RedWhite&Blue2 2/22/2020 12:47:16 PM (No. 326451)
Judas Bolton
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Reply 46 - Posted by: 901AtTheRiver 2/22/2020 2:00:14 PM (No. 326563)
I figured as much. Write if you get work, John.
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Reply 47 - Posted by: Red Ghost 2/22/2020 3:29:54 PM (No. 326657)
FTA - “It’s inconceivable to me that if I had firsthand knowledge of a gross abuse of presidential power, that I would withhold my testimony,” Rice said. “I would feel like I was shamefully violating my oath that I took to support and defend the Constitution.” Said by Susan Friggin' Rice. Are you kidding me? This from the little b--ch that went on five different Sunday morning shows lying about the cause of the Benghazi attack being some stupid video no one ever saw, when our brave dead soldiers' bodies weren't even cold. This was such a despicable lie that even that dirt bag Hillary Clinton refused to do it. That Rice even has a gig at any university is a disgrace. And that Bolton, in a craven attempt to sell his book would sink even lower to be interviewed by her. I liked John Bolton very much, but boy, what does this tell you about the lure of the deep state and making money selling secrets from the White House? John, you are a sickening disappointment.
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Reply 48 - Posted by: XCenturion 2/22/2020 4:46:33 PM (No. 326711)
Say goodbye to your credibility and you career Mr. Bolton. You have proven yourself to be just another Never Trumper and a creature of the DC Swap.
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In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, libertarian superstar Clint Eastwood said he’s backing Mike Bloomberg over Donald Trump. (Snip) In a word, he’s uncomfortable with Trump’s temperament. (Snip) As for the domestic political scene, Mr. Eastwood seems disheartened. “The politics has gotten so ornery,” he says, hunching his shoulders in resignation. He approves of “certain things that Trump’s done” but wishes the president would act “in a more genteel way, without tweeting and calling people names. I would personally like for him to not bring himself to that level.” As he drives me back to my hotel, (Snip) “The best thing we could do is just get Mike Bloomberg in there.”
Justice Sonia Sotomayor:
Supreme Court 'putting a thumb on the scale' for Trump
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Posted by tisHimself 2/23/2020 3:42:00 AM Post Reply
Justice Sonia Sotomayor said she is concerned the Supreme Court is going out of its way to help the Trump administration. The high court voted along ideological lines on Friday to grant the Trump administration's demand for an emergency request to stay an injunction in an Illinois case regarding the restriction of low-income immigrants from entering the United States. Sotomayor wrote in an opinion that her conservative colleagues on the Supreme Court, who have the majority, are “putting a thumb on the scale in favor of” the Trump administration.
Richard Grenell Begins
Overhauling Intelligence Office,
Prompting Fears of Partisanship
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Posted by StormCnter 2/22/2020 8:43:31 AM Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Richard Grenell’s tenure as the nation’s top intelligence official may be short-lived, but he wasted no time this week starting to shape his team of advisers, ousting his office’s No. 2 official — a longtime intelligence officer — and bringing in an expert on Trump conspiracy theories to help lead the agency, according to officials. Mr. Grenell has also requested the intelligence behind the classified briefing last week before the House Intelligence Committee where officials told lawmakers that Russia was interfering in November’s presidential election
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