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Obama’s National Security Adviser publicly shames Trump’s Bolton to his face for not testifying in trial

Obama’s National Security Adviser publicly shames Trump’s Bolton to his face for not testifying in trial

Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate was a complete farce, a disgraceful performance by the GOP-controlled body during which Republicans pretended as if they were seriously considering the mountains of evidence laid before them when all of them knew—with the notable exception of Mitt Romney—that they intended to vote to acquit the president at the end, regardless of the facts. They were motivated by their fear of political backlash from Trump’s MAGA base and so chose to safeguard their own careers rather than defend the Constitution.

While it’s unlikely the testimony of former National Security Advisor John Bolton would have swayed Republican senators to vote to remove, it still would have been invaluable for the American people to see him take the stand and recount in detail his claim that Trump told him almost $400 million in military aid to Ukraine was being frozen as leverage to strongarm the foreign country into investigating Democrats ahead of the 2020 election. Bolton refused to testify even though it was eventually revealed that he documented his account of Trump’s Ukraine scheme in a book that will be hitting shelves next month.

Few charitable explanations exist for Bolton’s seemingly mercenary decision and now he’s been rightfully taken to task by another former National Security Advisor, Susan Rice. Bolton and Rice appeared together at Vanderbilt University for a joint-lecture and Rice ended up criticizing Bolton to his face for his failure to testify during the impeachment proceedings.

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“I can’t imagine withholding my testimony with or without a subpoena. I would feel like I was shamefully violating the oath that I took to defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic,” said Rice, according to CNN’s Jennifer Hansler.

At one point, Bolton insisted that he would testify if he were subpoenaed, claiming his position is “exactly the same as Joe Biden.”

“Except Joe Biden didn’t have firsthand knowledge about what transpired with Ukraine,” Rice shot back. She recounted how she was called before Congress to testify on Benghazi and did so willingly, without a subpoena, because she felt it was her duty as National Security Advisor.

Bolton failed to fulfill his duties to this country by declining to involve himself in impeachment. The next best thing he can do now is come out forcefully against Trump and reveal everything he witnessed during his time in the White House. The American people deserve the truth, the future of our Republic hinges upon it.

Staff Report
This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.

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