Bolton Confesses: Impeachment Testimony Would’ve Been Nothingburger
John Bolton admitted at an event at Vanderbilt University on Wednesday night that any testimony he would’ve given at Senate impeachment proceedings would’ve been inconsequential.
“People can argue about what I should have said and what I should have done. I will bet you a dollar right here and now my testimony would have made no difference to the ultimate outcome.”
Bolton’s remarks casts serious doubt on the potential of President Trump asking for the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden with corrupt intent.
Democrats, and some Republicans such as Mitt Romney, desired to hear Bolton testify at impeachment proceedings in order to properly gauge the context of President Trump’s controversial phone call in July 2019.
For Bolton to dismiss the impact of his own testimony(that never ended up occurring) demonstrates that he had no plans on delivering the long-sought smoking gun desired by Democrats to push impeachment.
Bolton, who has fallen out with President Trump since being fired as National Security Adviser, made it clear that the sharply partisan manner in which House Democrats organized their impeachment effort dissuaded him from testifying in the House.
“The process drove Republicans who might have voted for impeachment away from the president because it was so partisan.”
The longtime neoconservative bureaucrat went on to slam the House impeachment process as “malpractice.”
Bolton is expected to spill the beans on what he would’ve discussed in a potential Senate impeachment testimony in a book currently awaiting publication, subject to a national security review by the White House.