Bolton: Trump Was Willing To End Criminal Probes As Favors To Dictators He Liked
Former National Security Advisor John Bolton claims in his highly-anticipated book that the impeachment inquiry should have gone further than President Donald Trump’s dubious business with Ukraine, according to a New York Times report.
Mr. Bolton describes several episodes where the president expressed willingness to halt criminal investigations “to, in effect, give personal favors to dictators he liked,” citing cases involving major firms in China and Turkey. “The pattern looked like obstruction of justice as a way of life, which we couldn’t accept,” Mr. Bolton writes, adding that he reported his concerns to Attorney General William P. Barr.
- Bolton also claimed the president asked President Xi Jinping of China to purchase American agricultural products to help the president’s prospects in rural America.
- Bolton’s book, The Room Where it Happened, has already become a no. 1 bestseller on Amazon before it hit bookstores. However, the Justice Department filed a last minute lawsuit against Bolton to stop publication.
- Though a number of aides, journalists, and an anonymous senior official have published books criticizing Trump, Bolton’s book is the first tell-all memoir from such a highly ranked official.
The NYT, which obtained a copy of the book, described it as follows.
It is a withering portrait of a president ignorant of even basic facts about the world, susceptible to transparent flattery by authoritarian leaders manipulating him and prone to false statements, foul-mouthed eruptions and snap decisions that aides try to manage or reverse.
“A president may not misuse the national government’s legitimate powers by defining his own personal interest as synonymous with the national interest, or by inventing pretexts to mask the pursuit of personal interest under the guide of national interest,” wrote Bolton.