The upcoming debate over impeachment witnesses just got a lot more interesting. Bigly, in fact!
The NYTimes got their filthy dirty liberal hands on a draft of the book written by impeached Prznint Stupid’s former National Security Advisor John ‘Bomb-’em-All’ Bolton, and it says that President Donald Trump tied military aid to his desired investigations. According to the Times, Bolton writes that Trump told him he would continue to suspend the critical security assistance until Ukraine helped him with the investigations.
As you can imagine, our Stable Jenius, Captain Queeg of the SS Oompa-Loompa, is reacting calmly:
I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens. In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination. If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book. With that being said, the…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2020
Anyway, we turn our eyes to the Hall Monitors at Axios’ morning email thingie (enigmatic formatting is theirs):
The intrigue: Bolton submitted the book to the White House on Dec. 30 for a standard prepublication security review for classified information.
- The Times notes: “The submission … may have given Mr. Trump’s aides and lawyers direct insight into what Mr. Bolton would say if he were called.”
- 🚨 “It also intensified concerns among some of his advisers that they needed to block Mr. Bolton from testifying.”
So, what did impeached Prznint Stupid know and when did he know it? — Dec. 30.
And, you know, the most prestigious Debate Society The World Has Ever Known, is very concerned:
Per sources, some GOP senators privately pushing White House for information on who at administration had visibility into the manuscript over the last month. Senators feel blindsided.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 27, 2020
Imagine only at this point feeling blindsided by the Nacissist Borealis?
And what’s the impact gonna be?
This is a dramatic, 11th-hour inflection point for the trial, with an eyewitness rebuttal to Trump’s claim that he never tied the hold-up of Ukrainian aid to investigations into Joe Biden.
- GOP sources say the revelation could be enough to sway the four Republican senators needed for witnesses — especially since Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah and Susan Collins of Maine have already strongly signaled they’d vote for witnesses.
Republican sources tell me that party leaders and the White House will still try to resist witnesses because, as one top aide put it, “there is a sense in the Senate that if one witness is allowed, the floodgates are open.”
- “If [Bolton] says stuff that implicates, say Mick [Mulvaney] or [Mike] Pompeo, then calls for them will intensify,” the aide said.
Bolton’s bomb could jump-start #MoscowMitch’s Republicans to break ranks, you know, with the Very Concerned Caucus (and I refuse to put my Hopes and Prayers on them). This leak undercuts the 4th Reich’s defense of Trump’s order to suspend aid because he wanted other countries to contribute, too.
I guess it’s time to update the list:
Info that has come out (or is likely to) since the House impeached:
-GAO finding Trump broke the law
-Parnas evidence / interviews
-Internal docs on aid freeze (Just Security)
-Bolton manuscript, per NYT
-Jennifer Williams letter
-DoE correspondence from American Oversight 1/28
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) January 27, 2020
So what does it all mean? Amply be-chinned #MoscowMitch has some horse-trading to do with the usual suspects. I’d keep an eye on Elaine Chao, too, to see if Maine suddenly gets a new highway.