Bolton: Dems' Impeachment was 'Partisan,' My Testimony 'Would've Made No Difference'
Former national security advisor blasted Democrats for 'impeachment malpractice'
Former national security advisor John Bolton admitted the Democrats’ impeachment effort against President Donald Trump was “grossly partisan," arguing that his testimony would have made no difference to the outcome.
Bolton blasted Democrats for “impeachment malpractice” and suggested they “drove Republicans who might have voted for impeachment away because it was so partisan.”
Speaking at an event at Vanderbilt University on Wednesday with Susan Rice, Bolton said:
“People can argue about what I should have said and what I should have done."
“I would bet you a dollar right here, and now, my testimony would have made no difference to the ultimate outcome.”
“I’m not here to speculate on that with the pre-publication review process underway,” Bolton said.
“Laugh, all you want," Bolton reacted to the audience laughter.
"This is the judgment of my counsel, somebody I worked with 35 years ago, 30 years ago at the Department of Justice.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff have since shelved a subpoena for Bolton.
Bolton had claimed Trump told him aid to Ukraine would be withheld until they investigated Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, according to his book.
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Earlier this month, Adam Schiff said Bolton declined to submit a sworn affidavit under oath that affected the outcome of the trial.
“For whatever reason, he was willing to testify before the Senate, but apart from that seems intent on saving it for his book," Schiff said.
That alleged quid pro quo was at the heart of the impeachment saga in December.
Bolton’s lawyer, Chuck Cooper, issued a statement last month saying that the Times’ report showed “the prepublication review process [at the NSC] has been corrupted.”
Trump, who has denied any wrongdoing in his dealings with Ukraine, said on Twitter that the reports of his conversation with Bolton are inaccurate.
Trump was ultimately found not guilty on all charges of impeachment.
The Senate voted to acquit him 52-48 on charges of abuse of power and 53-47 on obstruction of Congress.