Former White House national security adviser John Bolton was recently spotted wandering the streets of Qatar for reasons unknown, sparking questions about why the mustachioed neocon war hawk was in the Middle East.
A video of Bolton reportedly walking on a sidewalk in Doha, Qatar was posted to Twitter on Wednesday.
WHAT THE FUCK https://t.co/B5iuGQEY86
— David Reaboi (@davereaboi) January 15, 2020
It is unknown whether Bolton is in Qatar to cash in on a lobbyist job, as so many former government officials are known to do, or to do something more sinister.
One Twitter user identified the location of the video:
Bolton is most likely here:
Outside the walls of the Emiri Diwan – the seat of government in Qatar. https://t.co/nERzCAqhGp
— Evan Hill (@evanchill) January 15, 2020
Bolton recently stated that he would testify in a Senate trial regarding President Donald Trump following his impeachment by Congress, even if it is against the wishes of the administration.
“The House has concluded its Constitutional responsibility by adopting Articles of Impeachment related to the Ukraine matter. It now falls to the Senate to fulfill its Constitutional obligation to try impeachments, and it does not appear possible that a final judicial resolution of the still-unanswered Constitutional questions can be obtained before the Senate acts,” Bolton wrote.
“Accordingly, since my testimony is once again at issue, I have had to resolve the serious competing issues as best I could, based on careful consideration and study. I have concluded that, if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify,” he added.
Since Bolton left the White House, President Trump has talked candidly about his incompetence as national security adviser and the many differences of opinion between the two men.
“So, John is somebody that I actually got along with very well. He made some very big mistakes,” Trump said a day following his ouster of Bolton from the White House.
“And it set us back, and frankly he wanted to do things — not necessarily tougher than me — You know John’s known as a tough guy. He’s so tough he got us into Iraq … but he’s actually somebody I had a very good relationship with. But he wasn’t getting along with people in the administration that I consider very important,” he added.
Bolton has threatened the White House publicly, inferring that he may go rogue against his former boss.
Re: speaking up — since resigning as National Security Advisor, the @WhiteHouse refused to return access to my personal Twitter account. Out of fear of what I may say? To those who speculated I went into hiding, I’m sorry to disappoint!
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) November 22, 2019
Bolton also reportedly opposed President Trump’s diplomatic efforts with Ukraine. He was a vocal opponent of Trump’s talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which were used to promulgate the second phase of the impeachment witch hunt against the President.
Bolton’s lawyer Charles Cooper told the House of Representatives last year during the heat of their impeachment inquiry that his client “was personally involved in many of the events, meetings, and conversations about which you have already received testimony, as well as many relevant meetings and conversations that have not yet been discussed in the testimonies thus far.”
It may not be a coincidence that Ukraine-gate kicked off right after Bolton left the administration under less-than-ideal terms. Bolton’s shady appearance in Qatar only adds to the intrigue regarding his behavior as he readies himself to testify against the President to the Senate.
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