After revelations from the unpublished manuscript of John Bolton’s upcoming book undermined President Trump’s impeachment defense, lawyers are wondering what Trump’s defense team knew about Bolton’s allegations and if they made false statements to the Senate.
In a tweet this Sunday, a lawyer representing the whistleblower who filed the initial complaint over Trump’s July 25 call with the Ukrainian President suggested that some inside the White House likely knew of Bolton’s allegations.
“At least some members of Trump’s legal team also likely knew of Bolton’s knowledge which, if so, potentially subjects them to criminal perjury charges or legal disciplinary actions for their statements before the Senate,” national security attorney Mark Zaid wrote.
President Trump vehemently denied the accusations on Monday, writing in a tweet that he “NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens.”
President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) were labeled as the ‘diabolical duo’ in a scorching New York Times column by Maureen Dowd.
“During a meeting with Donald Trump at Trump Tower in June of 2016, with the opéra bouffe builder improbably heading toward the nomination despite a skeletal campaign crew on a floor below, I asked when he would pivot,” she began. “He crossed his arms, pursed his lips and shook his head — a child refusing vegetables.”
In a long New York Times piece on what to expect from Donald Trump should he survive his Senate impeachment trial and subsequently be re-elected, a former White House oi official in his administration said Americans can expect the president to feel unrestrained by the law as he goes about abusing his powers.
According to the report, “With the end of the impeachment trial now in sight and acquittal assured, a triumphant Mr. Trump emerges from the biggest test of his presidency emboldened, ready to claim exoneration and take his case of grievance, persecution and resentment to the campaign trail,” before predicting, “Now Mr. Trump, who has said that the Constitution ‘allows me to do whatever I want’ and pushed so many boundaries that curtailed past presidents, has little reason to fear the legislative branch nor any inclination to reach out in conciliation.”
In an interview to be broadcast on Sunday on CNN, Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner tells CNN’s Fareed Fareed Zakaria that former national security adviser John Bolton — as well as other now-departed White House officials — didn’t “have what it took” to serve under the president.
CNN reports, “Kushner went on to suggest that Bolton and other senior former officials, including former Defense Secretary James Mattis and former White House chief of staff John Kelly, didn’t have the chops to perform their jobs to the level needed.”