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.
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WATCH: Tucker SLAMS Lindsey Graham For EB5 Visa Giveaway Scheme Amidst Coronavirus Epidemic
Graham wants to use the crisis to boost immigration visas.
Tucker Carlson took South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham to task in a segment on his show Thursday night, blasting the opportunistic Senator for seeking to insert an immigration visa giveaway into upcoming Coronavirus stimulus legislation.
Graham is attempting to enact a raise in the annual level of EB-5 visas. The controversial program allows wealthy foreigners to enter the United States on the basis of supposed investment they make into the economy.
Graham is lobbying President Trump to agree to a massive boost to the program-raising annual EB-5 visa levels from a current total of 10,000 to 75,000. Graham also seeks to lower the threshold of investment for an EB-5 from $900,000 to $450,000.
In a display of tone-deaf politics taken to a new level, the EB-5 program Graham seeks to expand is currently commonly used by wealthy Chinese citizens to purchase American residency and citizenship. Allowing a free path to residency for China’s richest multi-millionaires and billionaires almost certainly would provide the Chinese government a means of entryism into major American institutions and society, in an age where the American public is more distrustful and skeptical of Chinese influence than ever before.
Watch the segment here:
Graham has also gone on record advocating for a bailout of big businesses and private companies, while opposing direct basic income transfers to everyday working American families.
American citizenship is not a mere bauble to be offered for sale in a time of crisis, especially considering the EB-5’s dubious benefits on the American economy. The verification mechanisms for the visa recipients’ investments in American jobs are notoriously weak, to the extent that both major parties agreed to scale back the program last year.
America is a country, not merely an economy. It’s well past time Senator Graham gives up his constant attempt to retcon old globalist policies into President Donald Trump’s administration, especially in times of national emergency.
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