GOP Strategist: Trump Will Seek Bolton’s Imprisonment As Revenge
Rick Wilson, a prominent Republican political strategist, suggested that President Donald Trump may use the Justice Department to punish former National Security Advisor John Bolton once the Senate has voted not to remove him from office this week, according to Newsweek.
Bolton has become a central figure in the impeachment debate surrounding Trump, with Democrats fighting for him to testify in front of the Senate jury. His role has placed him within Trump’s crosshairs and at the top of an enemies list that will be addressed when the president is acquitted by GOP senators.
Wilson, an author, analyst, and long-time Republican operative, said that Bolton’s only chance to emerge victorious is to leak his explosive memoir before the Senate vote, which is expected to take place Wednesday.
“As I predicted. Bolton blew his one shot,” Wilson wrote. “Unless the manuscript leaks before the vote, he’s f****d and Trump will likely use [Attorney General William] Barr to put him in prison. Just a reminder that knowing about grand strategy doesn’t mean you know about political strategy.”
The New York Times reported last month that Bolton’s unreleased manuscript claimed Trump told his then-national security advisor he wanted to continue withholding $391 million of military aid until Ukraine launched an investigation into his political rival, Joe Biden.
Democrats fought for Bolton and other senior administration officials to testify at the Senate trial, but were unable to win enough Republican support for the proposal.
Once acquitted by his GOP allies this week, Trump plans a revenge campaign. An unnamed prominent Republican said “it’s payback time,” while another source warned: “He has an enemies list that is growing by the day.
House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff, House Judiciary Chair Rep. Jerry Nadler, moderate Republican Sen. Mitt Romney, and Bolton are among those thought to be on the list.