Oh, this Bolton book is chock full of information that the Senate needs to hear during their impeachment trial.
Courtesy of NYT:
John R. Bolton, the former national security adviser, privately told Attorney General William P. Barr last year that he had concerns that President Trump was effectively granting personal favors to the autocratic leaders of Turkey and China, according to an unpublished manuscript by Mr. Bolton.
Mr. Barr responded by pointing to a pair of Justice Department investigations of companies in those countries and said he was worried that Mr. Trump had created the appearance that he had undue influence over what would typically be independent inquiries, according to the manuscript. Backing up his point, Mr. Barr mentioned conversations Mr. Trump had with the leaders, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and President Xi Jinping of China.
Mr. Bolton’s account underscores the fact that the unease about Mr. Trump’s seeming embrace of authoritarian leaders, long expressed by experts and his opponents, also existed among some of the senior cabinet officers entrusted by the president to carry out his foreign policy and national security agendas.
This of course reinforces what we have already heard through White House leaks about people inside the administration freaking out in response to Trump’s cozy relationship with Vladimir Putin, Tayyip Erdogan, and Xi Jinping , among others.
Speaking of White House leaks, it appears that those are also responsible for the fact that we are even reading these excerpts from Bolton’s book.
John Bolton sent one copy of his book to the White House, and then it was copied and leaked. pic.twitter.com/irg9THaA3A
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) January 28, 2020
Well, it appears that those same individuals who wrote anonymous columns and leaked information to reporters out of fear that Donald Trump will destroy the country from within are still working to keep that from happening.
Nice to know that somebody is doing the job that the Senate Republicans are failing to do.