Adam Schiff: Democrats May Investigate Claims Against Trump in Bolton Book
House Intelligence Committee Chairman signals investigation
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has signaled another possible Democrat-led investigation against President Donald Trump following the allegations John Bolton made in his new book.
Schiff, who led the Ukraine-related impeachment trial against Trump, told CBS News he would be discussing with top Democrats whether Bolton's claims warrant further inquiries.
"I’ll be discussing this with the speaker and with my fellow chairs about what next steps may be necessary," Schiff said.
"We haven’t had a chance to read the book. Only excerpts," he added.
"So I’ll want to look deeply into the allegations and have a chance to confer about what the Congress should do about what John Bolton has to say at this very belated moment."
In Bolton's book, 'The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,' he alleges that Trump sought help from China for his re-election.
"He stressed the importance of farmers, and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome. I would print Trump’s exact words, but the government’s prepublication review process has decided otherwise."
Schiff responded to the claims saying it was a "perfect parallel" to what the President "did with Ukraine, which was subjectate the country’s interest to his own political fortunes and trying to get a foreign country to illicitly help him in his campaign. And this appears to be what he was doing with China, as well."
Bolton also claimed Trump was supportive of concentration camps to house Uighurs and other Muslim minorities.
"I think equally disturbing was him telling president Xi that he should go forward with these concentration camps for the Uighurs and that it was the right thing to do," Schiff said.
"That is such a betrayal of everything our country stands for, such a betrayal on a massive scale of our support for human rights.
"I don’t know which is more disturbing, frankly. But both prove his unfitness for office."
But despite Bolton's claims, Trump recently signed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, which will require sanctions on China for putting ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities into concentration camps.
Trump described Bolton as "disgruntled" before saying his book was "made up of lies."
"Wacko John Bolton’s 'exceedingly tedious' (New York Times) book is made up of lies & fake stories. Said all good about me, in print, until the day I fired him," Trump tweeted.
"A disgruntled boring fool who only wanted to go to war," the president added.
Wacko John Bolton’s “exceedingly tedious”(New York Times) book is made up of lies & fake stories. Said all good about me, in print, until the day I fired him. A disgruntled boring fool who only wanted to go to war. Never had a clue, was ostracized & happily dumped. What a dope!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2020
Federal prosecutors at the Department of Justice (DOJ) are now considering criminal charges against the anti-Trump ex-White House official for allegedly disclosing classified info in his book, according to a report by The Los Angeles Times.