Colbert interviews John Bolton, calls him naive, laughs in his face

ELAINE: “Perhaps there’s more to Newman than meets the eye.” JERRY: “No, there’s less.” I’m reminded of this bit from Seinfeld whenever anyone ascribes any sort of complexity or gravitas or anything beyond a primal, raging, cotton candy-covered id to Donald Trump. It’s wishful thinking — the idea that there must be something behind those…

Bolton says Trump told China to “Make sure I win”

Reading the Bolton book is a tough slog. although it is amusing to read how he wanted to settle scores including obliquely allowing Rex Tillerson to call Nikki Haley a c***. If there’s a takeaway so far, it is how badly edited it is, and how absent any consideration of national policy other than pushing…

Reporter finally asks Trump the question we've been wondering about for years

Like clockwork, Donald Trump has determined that John Bolton is a wacko. That’s what happens when you challenge Kaiser Cray-Cray. You get a dose of whatever medicine he snorted this morning.  x ….He didn’t want Bolton anywhere near him. Bolton’s dumbest of all statements set us back very badly with North Korea, even now. I…

bungholed or bungled, everything Trump touches, perishes

Trump’s button got pushed by Biden: x If John Bolton's accounts are true, it’s not only morally repugnant, it’s a violation of Donald Trump’s sacred duty to the American people to protect America’s interests and defend our values.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 17, 2020 x Joe Biden was a TOTAL FAILURE in Government. He “bungled”…

Bolton book: Trump wanted Xi to help him win re-election

There’s juicy stuff in the Bolton book even if his mercenary lust for money came before putting Trump in the vise during the Impeachment. It seems less revelatory as it might simply confirm how incompetent and dangerous Trump remains. “He then, stunningly, turned the conversation to the coming U.S. presidential election, alluding to China’s economic capability…

will some rich Trumpist “catch-and-kill” the John Bolton tell-all memoir

Ultimately, conservatism is about mercenary money, so at some point, delays in the perishable publication of the Bolton memoir could be no different than the “catch and kill” of any Trump paramour’s story. en.wikipedia.org/… Rick Wilson ignores how Bolton’s superPAC could get some bigly money from somewhere foreign/domestic that would offset whatever publication losses might…

Bolton May Be Preparing to Speak Out

This is speculation, but it’s based on a statement John Bolton made about two hours ago: In Austin, John Bolton voices support for officials called in impeachment hearing (KXAN Austin): Speaking at a private event in Austin Thursday, Former National Security Advisor John Bolton defended government officials who testified in front of the U.S. House…

Trump's top media toady suffers spectacular self-own

Ready to laugh? No, really. Prepare yourself. This is good. From a New York Times article on conservatives’ sudden distaste for John Bolton, whose revelations about Donald Trump’s Ukrainian quid pro quoing have sent the GOP into a tizzy: On the Fox Business channel, Lou Dobbs assailed Mr. Bolton as a tool of the president’s…

Former Chief of Staff John Kelly believes Bolton, wants witnesses

John Kelly had an up-close-and-personal look at Donald Trump’s stupidity and dishonesty for nearly two years — first as the secretary of homeland security and then for 18 months as Trump’s chief of staff — and now he’s backing ambulant mustache John Bolton in his reignited feud with the alleged president. Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Asked about the passages…

Moscow Mitch Makes Mistake [Updated: He Admits He Doesn't Have the Votes]

Nicholas Fandos writes in the New York Times impeachment liveblog that “There might be a strategic reason the trial is slowing down,” pointing out that the Trump defense has slowed its delivery, and that the question period (16 hours total) may be stretched out over two days. This will push the vote over witnesses to…

NYT: Bolton book says Trump tied Ukraine aid to Biden investigations

Whoa, wow. Well, thanks for testifying, John. The New York Times: President Trump told his national security adviser in August that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens, according to an unpublished manuscript by the former adviser, John R….

John Bolton says he's willing to testify in Senate impeachment trial

Straight from the horse’s mustache: During the present impeachment controversy, I have tried to meet my obligations both as a citizen and as former National Security Advisor. My colleague, Dr. Charles Kupperman, faced with a House committee subpoena on the one hand, and a Presidential directive not to testify on the other, sought final resolution…