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Mary Trump's book breaks record with mammoth sales
"Book about her uncle. President Trump is breaking records, Simon and Schuster says. Neither 159 150,000 copies have been sold and combined print, digital and audio additions. In the book, Mary Trump says that she heard the president using racial slurs an anti Semitic slurs. But White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said I've talked to the president and been a friend of the president. And now I work for the president for more than 3.5 years and not once have I heard anything like that. This book by Mary Trump is now outsold John Bolton's book, The Room where it happened, and that's sold more than 800,000 copies in its first week, but I went on sale last month.
Fresh update on "john bolton" discussed on Lars Larson
"Of, uh of power? I trust John Bolton with anything, Or would you be thinking from now until the end of his days that he's simply taking notes for his next book, and he'll turn on you like he did on Donald Trump. And this is the book turned on John George Bush. You go Look at the criticisms that John bold head of the Bush White House, they are strikingly similar. He thought that Bush was not competent to the job that he was weak on policy. But it was inconsistent policy. Many of the same criticism was like the on ly person that John Bolton trust to run the country. Jumbo. I'm talking to make Mulvaney who's now United States special envoy for Northern Island, former White House chief of staff. So tell me this what's driving this guy because I know that most people say he's trying to sell a book can make money. Well, he said. That about Comey to and that's probably true. But Comey is not exactly worried about paying the rent next month, and I don't imagine John Bolton is either. So is this all about just personal animus? That because of the way he left the White House served, the president agreed to serve. He could have said no serves a president then leaves and doesn't like the way he leaves. So he decides I'm going to get my pound of flesh or what, What? What Can you imagine that's driving him to do this? Lars? It's always hard to sort of, you know, read other people's minds and sort of get them to what is really driving them because it was a very private sort of Motivations. But if I had to guess, and they could educated guess, um, it would be that John Bolton just doesn't want Donald Trump to win reelection. That Donald Donald Trump does not want to see increased US military intervention overseas. John Bolton really, really, really does mean there was a reason that John Polk I wrote down 5000 troops to Colombia on the yellow pad. When he went into the White House press briefing room. He wants military interventions overseas. It is part of his reason of being Donald Trump does not, and I think it's so important to both. And then he gets the foreign policy that he wants that he's willing to hurt the president to undermine the president to get that. Does he get that out of the election of Joe Biden? Who knows? I think I think if you asked him today, you know, since he's you know, doing all these book tours, asking if he wishes that Hillary Hillary Clinton have had a better foreign policy that Donald Trump would be curious to see what John Bolton says about that, my guess is John Bolton. Hardly would prefer Hillary Clinton. She's much more closer to neo conservative and interventionists and John Bolton is, um so look, We all knew that about both right. Everybody knew that Bolton was much more aggressive, much more militaristic. Some people would call me a warmonger. And then the President President Trump. OK, we knew that that doesn't that doesn't disqualify you from serving in the Trump Administration. I look much for Physically conservative on most things, and and the president is, but the president always wants people around him with different opinions. He think that's uh, sort of a symbol of the leadership so you could disagree with the president. You just can't undermine him. And that's the line that John Cross we'll see in Mr Mulvaney. You've just had one of my favorite parts of this is that the press Corps love Barack Obama for carrying a team of rivals under his in his hand. I don't know if you actually read the book, but But if you say is a president, I'd like people who disagree with me, maybe even to a large extent so that I can use their ideas to balance off mine and I'll say, Well, he at least made me think about it some more. And then I went ahead and did what I thought was right. For the American people. Donald Trump is a strong If individual to be willing to do that. Some of the very best policy discussions.
Trump's Niece Wins Legal Battle Over Tell-All Book
"The trump administration gave Michael Cohen Choice. Sign this paper, saying you won't write a book or go back to prison. Silence or prison. Your choice then there's the book by Donald Trump's niece slated for official publication tomorrow Donald. Trump and his family have been in court up through today, trying to block the book from being published and Block Mary trump from saying anything about the book. which feels ridiculous because you probably feel like you've already read it, since just about every media outlet on the planet has gotten a copy and dissect it already. Well this evening. Donald Trump and his family lost that court fight a New York State Supreme Court Judge rejected. The trump families attempt to block the book ruling that quote the potential enormous cost and logistical nightmare of stopping the publication, recalling and removing. Thousands of books from all types of booksellers, brick and mortar and virtual libraries and private citizens is an insurmountable task at this time. The judge then quotes a different judge in another case Donald. Trump lost when he tried to block the publication of his former National Security Advisor John Bolton's book quote by the looks of it. The horses not just out of the barn. It is out of the country. Mary Trump's book can go forward and also married is now free to speak publicly about it. which should be interesting, so Michael Cohen's Book Mary Trump's book. The president his family his White House doing everything they can to prevent the from coming out up to and including sending Michael Cohen back to prison, but today we learned about a third book. Now see if you can spot the difference today. Today. The Justice Department released the actual executive order commuting the prison sentence of Roger. Stone he can see the president's unmistakable sharpie signature there. The president commuted his old friend sentence on Friday night, but it's not clear how broad the commutation was. In fact, the judge in stones case demanded to see the actual order to determine whether it covered stones, prison, time or his probation as well well. Now, we know that the president took care of everything. His Old Friend Prison Time supervised released twenty thousand dollar. Fine all of it poof gone. And today Roger Stone announced that he celebrating by. Writing a book. That's right, so if you testify unflattering Lee about the president, and you try and write a book you get to get the go back to prison. If you withhold information from Congress and prosecutors to protect the president, you get your prison sentence erased, and you can publish to your heart's content.
Fresh update on "john bolton" discussed on Lars Larson
"That, there should be some penalty. And it goes beyond that. Lars. Not only do that, uh, Democrats not like him per policy reasons, by the way, one of the reasons I don't like sample. We disagree vehemently a policy but I don't dislike people. Just because they disagree with our policy is a bunch of folks in the White House. About things different than I do, but we're good friends. But not only is Bolton upset the folks on the left now he's upset of Trump folks. Isn't you think about when he said that he wasn't going to vote for Trump. He wasn't gonna vote for buying. He was gonna go find some other person. What if that some other person magically became president? Do you think that person would hire John Bolton for anything? It would anybody in a position of.
"john bolton" Discussed on Kickass News
"Well I tried to learn a little bit from the experience, my predecessors and others who had been in the White House It was clear that the he didn't listen to long briefings. He certainly didn't read anything at length. It wasn't in a newspaper like the New York Post He He. He didn't like complex intelligence briefings met many of the briefings were taken up with him talking not the intelligence briefer so I tried to adjust to that personnel. For example, many who recommended well sitting down in the situation room and having long. Meetings so he'll be brought to the right decision just doesn't work. That doesn't work like that. So, I tried to give him what I thought were critical facts I tried to make sure he knew what the options were, but it was very very difficult to do anything in a systematic fashion. You've said that we owe a lot of gratitude to vice president pence for the work that he didn't private with the president when someone needed to talk. The president out of his worst instincts was Pinson usually the one who filled that role. Does the president respect him enough to actually take counsel seriously. Well I don't WanNa get vice president pence into any more trouble than probably already putting you know he He has fulfilled the classic role of Vice President unlike the other advisors hands resigned I mean he was elected as well and he's there for four years. At, nor nor did he say you know I spoke to the president primarily I think he's not that kind of man either a lot of what he did. We may never know in full but I I do think the president understood that when Vice President spoke to him, privately was speaking with. The president's own best interests were and I. think that had a significant impact. And oftentimes the president appears to lack a coherent policy on a number of issues for instance one day he's threatening fire and Fury Korea, and then he's proclaiming that he and Kim Jong, UN or quote unquote in love, there are plenty of examples of him contradicting the official State Department stance on NATO and other issues and yet trump's defenders love to say that trump is playing three dimensional chess, and it's all part of some scheme that the rest of us just aren't smart enough to understand, and they often point to Richard Nixon and the so-called. Theory of diplomacy that he's supposedly deliberately irrational and Dick able to put our adversaries on their heels, or to dissuade them from any aggressive moves for fear of provoking this highly volatile president. Did. You see any evidence of a grand strategy that guides all the tweet storms, the erotic behavior and policies that seemingly change.
Fresh update on "john bolton" discussed on Lars Larson
"Your phone calls and your e mail more than a few people of Britain obese and tweets to me, called the show and said, Lars, What do you say about John Bolton's new book and its indictment of your guy? Donald Trump and I say, Well, uh, I used to consider. I used to have a high regard for John Bolton. He's been on this show more times than I can count. He has meant on recently, of course. And I think there's a problem with the book. It's a pile of B s by my measure, and I've explained the logical reason why, if he truly claims today that he knew the things that the president was doing that were so wrong that the president could be said to be, uh, not fit for office than he should have stepped forward during the impeachment more than a year ago if he didn't step forward. And you have to wonder. Was he just saving it for the book? Or was it simply? Not true? While a guy who might he might share my opinion, is the former White House chief of staff now the United States special envoy for Northern Ireland, who was once and I don't know. She quoted you accurately, Mr Mulvaney, but she has. Sarah Sanders once said that you said John Bolton is a self righteous, self centered son of a B word. Now it was that an accurate quote. Yeah. Hey, large. Yeah, that's pretty accurate. You dropped off a couple f bombs on their, uh, remember that conversation, So? So what are we to make of the fact that I mean, I want to talk. We can talk about Northern Island, too, although you took over a special envoy when the place is amazingly quiet compared to a few decades. A while ago. But but but with a name like Mick Mulvaney, a You're the obvious choice for special envoy. What should we make of this book and why John Bolton says he knew the president was unfit for office. He knew the president was doing things that were wrong that hurt the country, but he didn't decide to say it when it actually would have made a difference. But he's saying it now in a book. Yeah. I mean,.
"john bolton" Discussed on Kickass News
"As President Trump's national security advisor John Bolton spent many of his four hundred fifty three days in the room where it happened, which also happens to be the title of his new book, the room where it happened a White House memoir in the book he shows the president. Addicted to chaos, who embraced our enemies, and spurned our friends was deeply suspicious of his own government, and for whom getting reelected, was the only thing that mattered even if it meant endangering or weakening the nation. Almost from its inception, the book touched off a war of words between the president and his former advisor with trump, denouncing Bolton as a traitor, threatening to throw him in prison, and alternately claiming that Bolton's memoir is full of lies and or classified information but John Bolton says the facts speak for themselves and today Ambassador Bolton joins me on the show to reveal what he witnessed during his seventeen tumultuous months in the trump White House we talk about President Trump's bizarre obsession with authoritarian strongmen and his. His overall lack of interest in advancing freedom and human rights olten reveals how he reacted to trump's eagerness to meet with North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Hoon, why the second North Korea summit was put together so hastily, and what took place behind closed doors in trump's infamous one on one meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. He says the president rarely ever reads recalls his frustrations at trying to educate trump about history and foreign policy and opens up about the numerous times. He considered resigning as trump's. Security Advisor before he finally reached his breaking point less, he weighs in on whether trump would willingly step down if defeated in November. Coming up with Ambassador John Bolton in just a moment. John.
Fresh update on "john bolton" discussed on Pat Thurston
"That's what he's doing with covert intentionally. Just like with Russia, Ukraine he's intentionally Doing the wrong thing. Not calling sufficient attention to the problem lying as you say, attacking inspectors general attacking whistle blowers refusing to cooperate with Congress abuse and obstruction to get an election advantages doing let's go over it. And the mother of all hurricanes is coming with the election him and bar trump and bar limbering up. That's why I wrote a case for the American people to display the pattern toe warn the American people to sound the alarm and to show them what works. My back. Well, that's the big thing. I mean, he's a master litigator. Hey, is that's not what I mean to say, not litigator, but he's litigious. He's aged Fu's about everything he always has. That's a That's a big thing that he does. He is a master tying things up in the courts, and I think that that played a role in some of the information that the committee was trying to get that would have bolstered the impeachment. Do you think that John Bolton would have made a difference? Would there have been Republicans who would have turned around and done the right thing had, Bolton testified. I do believe it would have made a difference. One of the things that readers are finding very, very interesting. Ah, in a case to the American people, is I. It is a tell all And I put all my conversations out there, including conversations with Republican senators and other leading people, The people I admire Ah, Nancy Pelosi, I think is a great genius. One of the greatest leaders of the House of Representatives. I think you have to go back before Speaker Sam Rayburn. You have to go all the way back Tio speakers, James Blaine in the 19th century and find someone of her stature, but I call out but I also call out The villains. Bolton is a villain for just the reason because of the answer to your very smart question. Pat, one of the most senior Republicans, Trump appointee. Someone who Trump trusts enough. Trump Trust told me confidentially that the one Republican the one witness who could make a difference who could turn votes in the Senate. Is was John Bolton, and they were used to call him because he had indicated that he would testify to the Senate and and the senator's refused to call the witness if the witness hadn't been called in the House. Impeachment is just the most ridiculous thing shameful how you haven't all about with you that it's it's insanity, and it didn't make me that Noone made no sense whatsoever, Norm, We're out of time. But I Ah, I love the book. Not finished with the book. I just got it, But I love the book and I'm so appreciative that you came on the air with us today to talk about it. Norm Ison. The book is called a case for the American people. The United States v. Donald J. Trump. Thank you so much Norm. Thanks for everything that you've done. Thanks for founding crew. It's a marvelous organization. Thanks for the book as well. Thanks, Dad. I hope you'll have me back on soon. When you finish the mobile and we'll tell your listeners what they can do, using the lessons of the book to fight back in November because we're going to need every single person is listening to join us. Okay? And we'll need to do that soon than Norm. Thank you so much..
Bolton slams Trump's approach to world leaders as "naive and foolish"
"John Bolton and a man who was NASA security visor to President Trump is with us. I'm holding his book in my Hand Right now book that just sold 100,000 copies in its first week, the room where it happened. John. Thank you so much for your time, and our time is short. So I want to try to go as quick as we can, but also give you the opportunity to give thorough answers and again. Thanks for coming on me right in the book extensively. Absolutely. Thank you, sir. You're accessing the book, and you just make the point that the president is incapable of this job that he isn't willing To put in the work, and it's all about himself. I'm sure you are aware of some of that belief before you came to the White House. I'm sure you saw it fairly quickly. Why not leave right away? Once you realize the president is Curious. Well, I have certainly heard the criticisms before I joined the White House on. But I'd also had a number of conversations with Trump before the election during the transition during the first year, I recount some of them in in the book. And he knew what my views were. He knew my approach to the major crises that I thought we were going to face. So hey, gave me the offer, so I assumed he had paid attention to what I said, and I felt Despite all the criticism that we could make it work, I felt the United States was facing ah, number of very severe threats and challenges around the world. I thought after eight years of the Obama administration, we were In jeopardy and a number of places and I thought I could make a contribution. The book really is the story of whether I turned out to be right or wrong about that. But You know, it's Ah Ah, What when you're in when you're trying to do the right thing, trying to give advice to the president. Ah, and work on policy matters. You continually hope. For the best outcome and you know, you understand a lot of your recommendations are going to be rejected. That's the way it works. I used to say I was the national security advisor. I was not the national security decision maker. Everything's jump in just because just because our time is short of it once you realise that he wasn't paying attention to the briefings and and the way he was talking Two fellow leaders in his deference to Putin and Erdogan. Others wasn't there a party, they said. I just shouldn't be a part of this. He's never going to change and I want to get out of here. Sure that's the point out is coming to everybody's got to make that decision for himself. I've been criticized sort of on both ends of this by people who said you should have resigned after the 1st 30 days of the 1st 60 days or, you know, pick pick a number. And I've been criticized by people who have said you had a duty not to resign. You had a duty to stay in until the very end. I suppose there's a big alumni Association of former senior advisors and office holders in the Trump administration. I know a lot of them went through the same kind of decision that I had two. It's a very personal thing. How How long do you put up with the sorts of things you've asked about? I don't think there's a perfect answer. I considered resigning several times before I ultimately did. I don't. I don't think you ought to resign in a fit of pique. I think you ought to make the best effort you can hit history will judge that That's what I can say. But I think people made these decisions in good faith.
Trump calls reports of Russian bounties on U.S. troops a “hoax”
"Trump calls reports of a Russian bouncy An American troops in Afghanistan hoax but his national security advisor says the intelligence was important enough to share with US and coalition forces. At the time it was gathered. President Trump doubted US intelligence that Russia may have offered bounties to the Taliban to kill U. S soldiers. I think it's a Hoax. I think it's a hoax by the newspapers and the Democrats. Sources tell CBS News Details about the potential plot appeared in the president's Daily brief, though he has not said if he actually read them, Mr Trump says. What matters is that no one verbally told him the information intelligence people. Didn't even many of them didn't believe it happened at all. But national security adviser Robert O'Brien said the raw intelligence was worries them enough to share with the military, even though it wasn't verified because we were concerned about it. We give it to US forces. On the CBS News podcast, the takeout, former national security adviser John Bolton told Major President Trump wacked an interest in intelligence briefings. He's just not receptive to new fax.
Trump, top officials defend response to Russia bounty threat
"The White House is stepping up its defense of its response to intelligence assessments that suggested Russia had offered bounties for killing U. S. troops in Afghanistan White House press secretary Kaylee McEntee continues to set president trump wasn't briefed on the intelligence assessments about a Russian bounty because they weren't verified a career CIA officer with more than thirty years tenure who made the decision not to brief it up in the national security adviser greedy says president trump does have confidence in his national security team which says retaliatory options were being prepared Mackanin he was asked why the administration's denouncing the intelligence leak but not the idea there was a price for killing American troops this administration has acted tough on Russia always makes the decision that's in the best interest of protecting our troops intelligence officials have told the Associated Press former national security adviser John Bolton told colleagues he had briefed trump on the matter Jackie Quinn Washington
Bolton says he would have personally briefed Trump on Russian bounties
"National security adviser Robert O'Brien says a senior career official of the CIA made the decision to not verbally brief President Trump on reports Russia has put bounties on Americans in Afghanistan. Former national security adviser John Bolton says he would have done things differently. The president's former national security advisor tell CBS News he'd have brought the Russian bounty reports to Mr Trump's attention. If there's any indication, this is an ongoing operation, something the president needs to take into account AIDS to Mr Trump have said the intelligence wasn't verified. But John Bolton told CBS Audio's the takeout to say, We don't give it to him until we're completely satisfied. If that that didn't reflect how I operated, Bolton resigned as national Security advisor last
Judge temporarily blocks publication of Mary Trump book
"Court judge has blocked the release of a tell all book about the president and his family correspondent Aaron Carter Ski with details, The judge imposed a preliminary injunction the temporarily blocks President Trump's niece from publishing her forthcoming book At the end of July, The judge told the parties to submit papers so he could decide whether the orders should be permanent. Trump family celebrated the ruling and called the book truly reprehensible. Mary Trump, though vowed to appeal, her attorney said in a statement. The book addresses matters of great public concern about a sitting president in an election year and should not be suppressed. The Trump Administration recently tried and failed to stop publication of former national security adviser John Bolton's memoir about his time. In the White House.
White House says Trump was not told about alleged Russian bounties
"30 for Republicans were briefed yesterday. Top Democrats today. If it's true, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle want to know why President Trump was not told about intelligence reports. Russia may have offered bounties to Taliban militants in Afghanistan for killing Americans. Correspondent Bob Costantini reports. The original story by The New York Times continues expanding via other news outlets, while the White House message stays the same in light of an Associated Press report that White House officials knew of the Russian bounty offer to Taliban fighters in early 2019. National security adviser, Robert O'Brien issued a statement in the early morning hours because the allegations in recent press articles have not been verified or substantiated by the intelligence community. President Trump had not been briefed on the items. Nevertheless, the administration, including the National Security Council staff have been preparing should the situation warrant action. That's another indication, President Trump has still not been briefed. And if the AP report is correct, that would be at the time when John Bolton was the president's national security
AP sources: White House aware of Russian bounties in 2019
"The White House has said president trump has not been briefed on intelligence that Russia was secretly offering bounties for the killings of American troops in Afghanistan but the AP has learned top White House officials knew of the intelligence early last year officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence say it's been included at least twice in the president's daily rate an intelligence briefing starting early last year that national security adviser John Bolton told colleagues at the time he to brief the president the revelations are casting doubt on a White House efforts to distance the president from the assessments spokeswoman Kelly mac and Amy said yesterday he had not been briefed because the intelligence had not been fully verified it would not be elevated to the president tell it was verified but if the president had been briefed it raises questions about why he did not take action against Russia for steps threatening American troops Sager mag ani Washington
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"National security adviser John Bolton, one CNN State of the union, saying he's not surprised the president simply retweeted a video with racist content. He doesn't pay attention to a lot of things, not paying attention, not considering all the implications of information it gets is typical of Trump, Bob Costantini Washington Militants have attacked the stock exchange in the Pakistani city of Karachi, killing at least two security guards and a policeman. Special police forces deployed Reportedly killing all four gunmen. The world has surpassed two sobering Corona virus milestones. 500,000 confirmed deaths 10 million confirmed cases Vice president Pence and members of the White House Corona Virus Task force are visiting states this week that are experiencing increases in Cove it 19 cases. Pence did wear a mascot, a briefing in Dallas, the daily number of average Kobe 19 hospitalizations and cases in Texas. Both jumped from 2000 and late, made a close to 5000. Now. Dr. Deborah Burkes with White House Corona Virus Taskforce, warned of an increasing number of cases among 20 to 40 year olds in Texas and urge residents to wear masks or
John Bolton: Judge declines to block tell-all Trump book
"Well the trump administration wanted to block the publication of John Bolton's new book however a federal judge says nope they can go ahead Sara Bareilles has more on Bolton's book and his remarks the next lucidly on ABC news former national security adviser John Bolton casting president trump as an uninformed a radical liner is president line yes he is and it's not the first time either describing a commander in chief of foreign adversary saw as an easy mark I think Putin thinks he can plan like a fiddle I think Putin is smart tough I think he sees that he's not faced with a serious adversary here I don't think he's worried about Donald Trump and claiming trump was all too happy to take foreign help to boost his reelection bid all the forthcoming book the room where it happened a copy of which was obtained by CNN offers this skating summary of a trump presidency I am hard pressed to identify any significant trump decision during my tenure that wasn't driven by reelection calculations trump press Chinese president xi Jim paying to help them out with farmers by buying more U. S. crops pleading was sheet to ensure he'd Wimbledon rights I would print terms exact words but the government's pre publication review process has decided otherwise Bolden also confirms the case house impeachment managers laid out earlier this year writing that trump said he would withhold security aid to Ukraine until all the Russia investigation materials related to Clinton and Biden had been turned over and he says trump was prone to doling out personal favors to dictators he liked at one point telling the Turkish president he would replace the Southern District of New York prosecutors to make an investigation into a Turkish firm go away Boldin says the pattern it looks like obstruction of justice as a way of life which we couldn't accept and claims he raised some of his concerns with Attorney General bill Barr the judge who is allowing the book but occasion to move forward is keeping the door open for Bolton to face consequences for it if it is widely believed he could lose the profits from its sale and possibly even face jail
Trump tries to stop books about him
"Going on with the Book Business Right now? So this has been a fascinating time in publishing the last couple of weeks. We've seen kind of an epic clash building between the trump administration and the trump family and one publisher in particular. Simon and Schuster. This has happened several times during the course of this administration, the trump administration has threatened lawsuits against various publishers for producing alls or books that contain damaging information about the president most memorably it was Henry Holt when they published fire and fury by Michael Wolff, when they got a cease and desist letter from the president's personal lawyer. They decided to put the book on sale early. It sold incredibly well so. So the latest is Simon and Schuster of course released John Bolton's book this week, and that was something that trump administration tried very hard to prevent from happening. They told him he had failed to go through the necessary steps to get security clearances and remove classified information, and they finally asked a judge to prevent his publishers Schuster from distributing the book. The judge denied that although John Bolton himself may eventually have to forfeit some of his prophets, which were substantial. He reportedly got a two million dollar book deal, so that clash was playing out just in recent days in the book just went on Sale I. Think they've they've distributed two hundred thousand copies according to some of the legal filings. Filings and at the same time than Shuster is preparing to publish a very explosive, potentially explosive I should say I, haven't read it book by President Trump's niece Mary trump and just this week. President Trump's family sought a temporary restraining order to try to block publication of that book by Mary Trump which is called too much never enough. How my family created the world's most dangerous man, so the title suggests that this is not going to be a positive book. It's scheduled to be released by Science Schuster on July. Twenty eight th. The book is finished its edited, but they're starting this process earlier I think with the Bolton Book. They came in pretty late in the game with the effort. Effort to prevent distribution. The books had already shipped retailers had them news organizations had them all the information started leaking out a few days before publication, so the effort to kind of contain the damage came pretty late, and it was pretty toothless as far as preventing the information from getting out so in this case they have a little more leeway, but again I think the legal precedent is very very hard to preemptively prevent information from coming out, so it's going to be another tough battle for them. This has been a really eventful year for Simon and Schuster I. Mean I, they were put on sale right, and then very suddenly they're chief executive officer. Carlin really died of a heart attack. And all of these incredibly explosive books are coming out. Is the company doing well? At a time when a lot of publishers are struggling to break through the news cycle Simon and Schuster is creating the news cycle. So that's kind of extraordinary, you know the John Bolton Buck has been number one on Amazon for Awhile Mary trump is close behind it, and they have more coming in the pipeline that are I. Think certain to be bestsellers including I, think most significantly. Significantly another book by Bob Woodward his previous book about the trump administration, which was titled Fear Sold Millions of copies, and again caused a lot of consternation, the administration and he has a sequel to. That's coming out this fall. I don't believe it's titled Yet, but it's about the administration president has said he spoke to Bob. Woodward for this book, so it'll be interesting to see what. What secrets remain for more to find out given all of these dulls that have come out I was speaking to some people in Washington like Robert Burnett who a famous Washington lawyer who represents a lot of politicians and has been around for a long time and. His observation I thought was interesting. It's just you know the volume of books that have been that have come out during. This administration is quite unusual. It's it's fairly typical for there to be a wave of of memoirs. Tell all I was inside the room kind of books to come out the years after the presidency when people can reflect, and there is no longer the the political pressures of the day were a reelection campaign for example, but the revolving door in the administration today has been moving so quickly. People Cycle in and out and I think that his accelerated the rate of
Democrats wrestle with how hard to go after Trump's scandals
"A little more than four months until the election and the scandals that Democrats after they impeach President Donald Trump have mostly tried to look away from there now piling up and they do feel like they have to do something. I mean, it's just kind of an onslaught of scandals coming out of the trump administration right now so I think they want to be careful and how they go about this. They do want to investigate what's going on. They do want to call attention to it, but they're certainly not going to try to impeach the president again or try to impeach the Attorney General, although some members have called for that. Instead what we're going to see, is the hold hearings and for instance general. William Bar is going to come testify before the House Judiciary Committee at the end of next month. That's going to be a really big deal. You know I think for them. It's a fine line between. How do we call attention to this and also not step on our own electoral message, which is here's what we're doing for voters. Here's why you should bring us back. We're not just the party of investigating trump. We do actually want to get things done for you. Yeah I, want to jump into that in a second, but for those of us who have been living under rocks. Can you just quickly numerate some of the many many things that have? House Democrats up in arms that they they want to look into well. It's kind of an endless list, but. For instance the firing of the Manhattan prosecutor Jeffrey Berman over the weekend. He. The Attorney General issued a statement on Friday night, saying he was stepping down, and then Berman issued his own statements that what I'm not stepping down and then so bar had to actually fire him right, and that was this whole controversy this weekend, so the reason that people are speculating that bar got rid of. Berman was because his office in Manhattan has. Investigated a lot of trump related scandals everything from trump's former fixer. Michael Cohen Hush payments to. Porn stars, and then Rudy Giuliani the trump inaugural committee I mean you know a lot of links to the trump world, so that's one thing that they're definitely gonNA look into and it's. It's not too long ago. That an attorney general resigned over over questions of improper political influence over the hiring and firing of US attorneys select. That's that's a big deal. That's a big deal and that's one. I mean. Bar Is. There's a whole list of things with bill bar that I think I don't even know if they'll have time. They're hearing next month to get into everything. Because bar has really politicized the Department of Justice in a way that we haven't seen in some time and has taken steps. Many of his critics say to try to insulate trump from numerous scandals when they say that DOJ should be an independent body right so. That's one and then there's John Bolton's book which there's a whole string of allegations everything from the Ukraine scandal, which Democrats did impeach trump over to claims that trump requested China. Help Him in the twenty twenty election to other claims that he offered to help quote fix a problem The Turkish president was linked to a bank that was being investigated by the Manhattan Office that we were just talking about so there's a whole list of allegations in Bolton's book. They WanNa look into, and then you know the house. Judiciary Committee on. Wednesday had. Some whistle blowers from DOJ testifying about the DOJ's decision to You know to drop the charges against Michael Flynn. But also but also Roger Stone Oh my God. Oh Right? Yeah, no, there's so much! It's hard to keep track of anyways. There were two whistleblowers that testified before the house. Judiciary Committee on Wednesday about the DOJ decision to drop charges against Michael Flynn and other accusations that the Department of Justice recommended certain sentencing guidelines, which many considered were very light against. Against Roger Stone because of how close he west of the president, and that he was treated differently than other defendants, because of his relation to the president, so these are all things that the House majority is going to look into in the next several months in the run-up to the election, but are we going to see bill bar impeached or anything like? Like that. No, it's GonNa be more about hearings and television clips and things like
Top Turkish official denounces Bolton memoir
"A top tax official has denounced a memoir by former US national security adviser John Bolton the presidential spokesman has described the book as misleading one sided and manipulative in its accounts of Turkish president recip Tayyip add accounts conversations with president Donald Trump against communication director for her eighteen L. tunes said Bolton's book was driven by political considerations and personal gain he accused the former national security adviser of using serious diplomatic conversations but his M. political agenda Bolton claimed in the memoir that trump sought to interfere in an investigation into Texas state ten Bangkok bank in an effort to cut deals with that again I'm Karen Thomas
Exposing Donald Trump: Bolton book the latest in decades of White House disclosures
"News apparently now another book regarding at the trump family is due to come out to here shortly and did the involves a merry trump the the niece of the presidential Turkey what's this book habit and what's going on well we don't we don't exactly know what it has in it but we we believe that it's about the president's family and how that family gave rise to what Mary trump the president needs calls the most dangerous man in America and so that's but the working title of the book is due to be published delight twenty eight and now we know the trump family has gone to court to try to stop publication with that it's got to be some kind of family secrets or something going on here but it's been a really tough I don't know the week or so maybe ten days for the present when it comes to this with the the latest book that came out from a John Bolton as well well the the Bolton look is a little bit more of a direct threat I think for the president because it does go to policy decisions that that the former national security adviser calls dangerous and and and you know we don't know what it is in merry trump's book but she's someone whose eight eight eight clinical psychologist I think at the end she is somebody who is going to try to get into the president's mindset but also I think she is going to reveal that she was the source of the New York time information about a lot of the president's finances so when the times published a series of stories about the tax returns and and other financial information did did New York contest commented on that but the book may explain you know why she decided to come forward
Judge denies injunction to block Bolton's book
"And John Bolton president trump's former national security adviser has a new book out today called the room where it happened in the memoir Bolton says the president is quote unfit for office the White House tried to stop the book's release but a judge denied its request from his recently called Bolton wacko incompetent and a boring old
John Bolton says he is "troubled" by the prospect of Trump winning a second term
"Another of president trump's former aides publicly and harshly criticizing him and you know it's John Bolton who's been giving interviews in advance of the release of his damning memoir of a seventeen months in the trump White House Bolton says he speaking out now in part to try to keep the president from winning a second term former national security adviser John Bolton said he doesn't think president trump is fit for office Bolton whose new book the room where it happened is out tomorrow spoke with ABC news in an interview that aired last night I don't think he has the confidence to carry out the job Bolton alleges high profile meetings with north Korea's Kim Jong moon were for photo opportunities Bolton also insists the president linked to military aid to investigations into his political opponent the issue at the heart of the impeachment inquiry CBS correspondent
Bolton: Trump And China's Xi Talked 'Frequently' About Trump's Reelection
"Former national security adviser John Bolton says president trump and his Chinese counterpart spoke frequently about trump's reelection prospects and beers Frank or don't yes reports the two leaders lamented that trump could not serve more than two terms as US president according to Bolton trump would tell Chinese president xi Ching paying that his supporters thought the term limits were unfortunate I just thought this was it was it was the kind of back and forth with authoritarian leaders that did not reflect well on Donald Trump himself or the presidency or the United States in an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep bone said his seventeen months of the administration created a difficult dilemma form he said he would not be able to vote again for the Republican president he also said he wouldn't vote for Joe Biden but instead plan to write in the name of a conservative Republican who he would
"john bolton" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"Judge Lambert actually asked the government lawyer today win were the six passages classified an my understanding of the answer? Correct any of differently was. Three of them were classified before Michael Ellis's. Recent review. And apparently they should have been picked up by the career official. Who is reviewing it? One of them was classified by LS during his review before he learned how to classify and the other to the lawyer had not yet out. Who classified them and. It was unknown at and that's a bit odd, but they are claiming that at least three passages had been previously classified and should have been caught in this process. One interesting question that is. If that cell. Let's say Lambeth says that that's right. At least those three cases were legitimate. Classifications what follows from that and what Jack is already suggested is. A preliminary injunction here probably does not because you can't stop the the damage. That's already been done so all that really leaves is whether the government could at some later point get a constructive trust for the prophets. The John? Bolton will realize on this book and they're the fact that he didn't know. It was classified and had no reason was actually told that it wasn't. I think would probably make it pretty hard for the government to collect his profits, even if the courts decided that they would defer to the government's classification decisions. Can you a little bit more about your read on how Lambert Saga today and I also think it would be useful on the listeners in on what Lambert's background is because the fact that Lambert was given. This case is actually quite significant. Think maybe Ben would be better to speak to Lambert's background and character. He's known as a very a somewhat iconoclastic judge, a judge who let's in his opinions, and often in the courtroom is very candid about his views and can be very very sharp with government lawyers in particular his politics I think are eclectic in not obvious they're. They're difficult to parse sometimes and I don't think he has any particular philosophy other than as you. He has publicly suggested that there's over-classification and over deference to the government. On classification. Today I thought he was actually. Not really tipping his hand, he's really trying to gather information. figure all this out something. That's very difficult to do in these situations where all the briefs are being. Sort of throw. It would be bad enough in a in an ordinary situation where you're getting paper copies of the brace in your courtroom, but it's all sort of electronic filings just hours before an argument with classified and unclassified. Affidavits took Jack Anna hours to make some sense of it. He has to do much more than that, and it's difficult so I think he was actually playing the role of district. Court judge, best place, which is just trying to figure out the facts. Yeah, I agree with that characterization he was. Very candid about how hard it would be for him to second guess, determinations of classified information by these career intelligence officials, and he seemed it seemed to me in his questioning Bolton's lawyer Chuck Cooper. He seemed to me at least atmospherically a little skeptical of Bolton's claims that the contract was breached here and Cooper an and he spent a lot of time going through the the nondisclosure agreements. But there's a long way to go in this case in terms of figuring out the facts of what happened in this classification process, and really parsing these these agreements. Before we have any sense of whether Bolton's going to be able to keep the money or whether the government's going to get it. I, mean the IT. Typically the government does not have a hard time in collecting royalties on someone publish something in breach of these nondisclosure agreements It hasn't been hard. They just collected some slowdowns profits on the book. He published and I. I think that the betting money would have to be that ultimately Bolton will. The government will be able to get his prophets, but this case seems much more complicated and difficult for the government, because of these untoward processes, because the contracts have some loopholes in them so I just think it's too early to tell and and Lambert really ultimately didn't tip his hand today. Let me. Just add a couple notes about lambeth. Which is among federal district judges. He's probably one of the very small number with the most experience with classified information, and the reason is that he was the presiding judge of the foreign intelligence surveillance court a for a number of years, and in addition I I may be getting this wrong, but I don't think so I believe he had some of the. Some of the Iran Contra defendants. Some of the lesser known Iran Contra defendants and had to do a very large quantity of litigation under the classified information procedures act in connection with those cases, take that with a grain of salt, but I believe that's correct, and so this is a judge with a lot of granular experience with classified materials and sort of unusual amount for for a district judge, and who's also as Mardi rightly points out notably tough on government lawyers. He used to run back when he was at the US Attorney's office. He ran the civil side of the of the. US Attorney's office in Washington, and so he kind of has a a very high standard that he holds a government lawyers to in his courtroom, and so he's you put that together that he's you know. Sophisticated about classified information has a lot of experience with classified information, and takes a certain amount of pleasure in giving government lawyers, a hard time and I could see I mean. Mean I think this is a very good. If you're Chuck Cooper who represents John Bolton and you get Royce Lambeth on the wheel. On this case, you are very pleased with that one other point just to draw on Marty's point. You know if if they're contention, is that three of these are later up? Classifications and only three of these passages were classified in real time. And the government official. WHO reviewed?.
"john bolton" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"Three of them were classified before Michael Ellison's recent review. One of them was classified by Ellis during his review before he learned how to classify and the other to the lawyer had not yet figured out who classified them and. I'm quoting terrific, and this is the law fair podcast June. Twenty second, two, thousand and twenty. You may have heard that former national security adviser. John Bolton has a book out. His White House Memoir titled The Room where it happened has made a lot of waves recently. Not only his Bolton face criticism for publishing account of his time with trump administration book rather than testifying in the president's impeachment trial, but the Justice Department is now suing Bolton for publishing when it claimed his classified information. So what exactly is the government arguing? And as Bolton's book, even any good. We brought together Benjamin Witness Jack. Goldsmith and Martin Liederman to discuss. One note before we begin. As you'll hear. We reported this on Friday June nineteenth. The Judge Bolton's case issued a ruling denying the government's motion for a temporary restraining order blocking distribution of bulletins book on Saturday June twentieth. But, we still think it's a good conversation that gives you useful context and what's going on. In his Saturday ruling Judge Royce Lambert of the US. District Court for the District of Columbia found that he would not block the release of bullets book. Lambeth did say that bulletins unilateral conduct raises grave national security concerns. wrote the bulletin could face civil and even criminal liability for going ahead with publication without government approval. But the judge ruled that the government had failed to establish a restraining order was appropriate.
"john bolton" Discussed on The Diane Rehm Show
"That thing might be possible, but. I. Don't see how they can stop the book. What's your get at Mount how the court is going to rule? was Lambert is the judge in this case, not I think. He's a tough minded guy with a lot of independence on the court for a long time. He's not going to simply rollover. Administration. But I I would be surprised if the court tried to stop publication to this point, remember the biggest case that the one of the biggest cases in your times ever had as a newspaper was about this issue prior restraint, it was the Pentagon papers that showed the court, said No. You cannot stop publication in advance. Even if you don't like it now. He's not a newspaper. He's not job. All is not newspaper. He's not. A journalist in that sense, he somebody who had been the government's. The rules are different. What they are alleging here is breach of contract. Trying to get around the first amendment issue, but I still think it seems like an uphill battle for the government. Take you to some other events set at half is week to sharp rebukes. The trump administration one on the dreamers and the other in four LGBT workers. Talk about what's happened here and what it could mean. Some people have argued that especially in regard to the dreamers that it was a sloppy case. Put forward by the administration purpose lay sloppily. What's your thought on that? Yeah, so on the DACA case, the case of these younger immigrants who came to the country when they were kids by brought by their parents and President Obama had a program to spare them from deportation in effect, present owed trump tried to overturn that and what you saw in the ruling this week written by Chief Justice Roberts, and then joined by the four liberals on the court in effect. Effect was saying it didn't do it right. You know you just have to have due process you have to have. You have to go through the the procedures in order to make the chain you're talking about and you didn't do it, so they didn't say you can't ever do it. They didn't say a president can't have some. You know authority here. Since it was a presence, authority started the program in the first place. They're saying you guys were basically incompetent. In the way you managed. which by the way is a thing that John Bolton talks about to? He says in an interview that aired on Sunday with Martha Raddatz on ABC one reason he doesn't support president trump for reelection..
"john bolton" Discussed on The Diane Rehm Show
"I it Diane. My mind new revelations about the trump presidency from himself on the inside. Olten famous Labor refused to testify in front of Congressional Committees. Your impeachment hearings. But the former national security adviser shared his view that president in a new book. Big Takeaway. There is no question. Trump was holding up aid to Ukraine and exchange for dirt on the Biden's. or at least that's that those who've gotten their hands on the book say. As we recorded this episode that trump administration was fighting books relates. Peter and the New York Times. He is one of those people who's already read it. He joins me to discuss how if at all these revelations might affect Donald Trump and the twenty twenty election. Peter, do right that when it comes to president trump and his administration. What was one shocking seems like another day, and now we have John Bolton Book. What is this? Is this a new new normal? Yeah, it's a great question. I mean on some levels. What you see John? Bolton's book ratifies things we've been hearing and seeing their own eyes, and of course reporting on now for three years. It's a president who doesn't seem particularly well informed about the world. A White House that's dysfunctional and rife with internal division. You know decision. Making that's impulsive and instinct driven rather than. Deliberate but I. Think it's really striking to see it all. Put a one place by somebody WHO's in the Oval Office every day. You know the accounts we've had so far been journalistic or have them by lower level AIDS perhaps or the anonymous book of course Jon was the president's national security adviser for seventeen months. I can't think of any book and I've been around. Around for a while in Washington a lot of tell all books over the years in some of the mood, very unflattering about the president's Today wrote about, but I can't think of any that is quite as damning as this one. This one has a nasty by saying. The president is states was only about himself and cared about his own fortunes, even the expensive national. National interests and he did many things that he used the phrase obstruction of justice as a way of life. That's a really powerful statement and I guess what the point that story was. Let's not look size simply because we feel like we've seen a lot of this before. Some of this is actually really important to look at so John. Bolton was somebody who was there. There on a daily basis, I think we should not put aside the fact that he was asked to testify during the trump impeachment hearings and chose not to win..
"john bolton" Discussed on Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill
"Billion dollars of military funding over ten years and allocating it to medicare medicare for all instead and she supported efforts to stop. US support for Saudi Arabia's scorched earth bombing Yemen but she also has a hawkish side aside. Elizabeth Warren has supported sanctions against Venezuela the attempted coup against President Nicolas Maduro. She's championed the self declared president of Venezuela Wando when it comes to Israel. Warren has a record of reciting standard pro Israel hawkish talking points. Though there are some signs that our position has been shifting. She also has this idea about investing more money into making military bases zero carbon and better for the environment without mentioning the notion of actually shutting these basis down for the good of the planet sort of let's tinker with imperialism a bit to make it more green anyway last week on the show. We looked at the records of both Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders as it relates to twenty nine straight years of the US bombing Iraq. And today we're GONNA take a look at Elizabeth Warren's foreign policy record who some of her advisers are I'm joined now by Sarah Lazar. She's a writer for in these times. Magazine and her work has also recently appeared in Jakobsen and the intercept. She Co edited the Book About Face Military Resistors turn against war. Four Sarah Lazar welcomed intercepted. Thanks so much for having me on. We Discuss Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden last week and their Iraq war history. What Differentiates Associates Elizabeth Warren from Bernie Sanders on foreign policy? Today's Democratic Party is really skewed so far to the right on more on military them in that. It doesn't take much to distinguish yourself from the pack. But I would argue that unfortunately Elizabeth. Warren really does not meet this low bar. Most you certainly not the worse. She is far from the best. And there's really no reason to think she'd be very different from an Obama administration no reason to think that she would veer very far wild. Warren has voted for military de-escalation on some issues including the war in Yemen. For example she hadn't in any way been a leader and she has gone along with some of the most belligerent. Acts that have really occurred on her. Watch she cheerlead ID. Israel's Devastating Twenty Fourteen Warren Gotha the visual.
"john bolton" Discussed on Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill
"Impeachment hill or at least presidential impeachment is hell throughout modern. US history. There's been a rather insidious this plot involving both Democratic and Republican administrations to expand the powers of the executive branch. It's based on a view of government and separation one of powers inspired by the theory of the unitary executive the notion that in my reading ultimately views the executive branch as a sort of dictatorship ownership or monarchy when it comes to what is loosely called National Security Policy People like Dick Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld were radical executive power extremists so to is the current attorney. General William Bar Dick. Cheney believed that Iran Contra was not a scandal but actually a model for how National Security Policy should function. Congress in this view is just a funding mechanism. It has no no business getting involved with the details. Much less. Exerting Oversight Tower Commission made a number of recommendations of series of findings of but also I think in one of its most significant sections argued rather persuasively in my opinion against the notion that somehow I'm how these events require us now to legislate new restrictions on presidential power and authority when Barack Obama Campaign for president. He openly Finley telegraphed that he wanted to alter this path he wanted to be the most transparent administration in history. The biggest problems that we're facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that's what I intend to reverse reverse when I'm president of the United States of America but from Obama's refusal to hold anyone accountable for CIA torture to his expansion of drone strikes aches and dirty wars to his use of secret kill lists any dubious parallel justice system that by the way regularly sentenced people to death without charge or trial L. including US citizens Obama actually expanded executive power. And he did it with widespread support from liberals something that Dick Cheney must have been been privately pretty psyched about even as he pretended to despise Obama and then we get to trump. There is a temptation to portray trump's activities as simply iran-contra for really really dumb people and there certainly are many examples to offer up to support this line of thinking but what I want to focus Assan. Today is the long term impact of what Donald Trump's lawyers arguing in his Senate trial and also the impact of the case that the Democrats have made against him for the Senate to remove duly elected president. On vague non-constitutional grounds such as abusive power obstruction of Congress would create a dangerous precedent. What Alan Dershowitz did in his prime time address on the floor of the? US Senate on Monday. Night was to advocate for one of the most dangerous and far-reaching justifications for the abuse of power by a president that has ever been offered in this country's history in fact back at the heart of Dershowitz his theory was the idea that you cannot remove a president for abuse of power. You cannot remove a president for obstructing the lawful rights of Congress. Even if we all agree that the president did those things Dershowitz and Ken Starr both invoked iran-contra tre apparently to suggest that it was the right decision not to attempt to remove Reagan for abuse of power or even that there were grounds to do so. The proper remedy in the eyes of trump's lawyers for these crimes is to just verbally attacked the president on the campaign trail case closed. That's how abuse the power should be used his campaign rhetoric. It should be in statements issued by one political party against the other. That's the nature of the term abuse of power. Our is a political weapon and it should be level against political opponents. Let the public decide. I have a lot of issues with how the Democrats have chosen in to go after trump in this impeachment effort especially the Cold War. Redux that Adam Schiff is subjecting. All of us to with his warnings that the the Russians are coming so we'd better fight them over there. I moreover as one witness put it during our impeachment inquiry the United States Age Ukraine and her people people so that we can fight Russia over there and we don't have to fight Russia here at the same time that this throwback to the Cold War is happening there. There is an abundance of evidence that what trump did regarding Ukraine involving the Biden that it is an abuse of power. It's an abuse of power of the Office of the presidency. Okay Bye weaponising your official position as president to attack political opponents domestically by using a bribe foreign government as a weapon. I also think that it's undeniable that Hunter Biden improperly benefited from his father's position as vice president and this is a scandal that unfortunately is more or less business as usual in US politics at the same time if what former national security adviser John Bolton road food in his forthcoming book about his time in the White House. If it's being accurately reported by the New York Times then we absolutely need to hear from John. Bolton a potential Henshaw Bombshell New York Times tonight reporting that according to an unpublished draft manuscript from former national security adviser John Bolton upcoming running buck and alleges that president trump tied aid to Ukraine to the investigation into the Biden's by the way. I never thought I would say I wonder what John Bolton mm says about literally anything but here we are. We should hear it particularly if he has evidence of trump using the office of the presidency to wage domestic domestic political battles or to prop up dictators and by the way we should also be looking at what attorney general bar knew what he said and to whom he said it and when he said it to cut through all of this and to look at how this actually impacts the power of the executive branch I think. That's a worthwhile endeavor so I'm joined join now by Spencer. Ackerman he senior national security correspondent for the daily beast. He's former. US national security editor at The Guardian us. He was also part of the He Pulitzer Prize winning team. That reported on Edward snowden surveillance revelations Spencer Ackerman Welcome back to intercepted. Thanks for having Jeremy. Let's start with what's going going on with the impeachment. Trial Donald Trump. And what's your assessment of what we've seen in terms of power and the thrust of the argument that the trump lawyers including Dershowitz are making very conspicuous in Dershowitz. His argument is the conflation between what a president does in his official capacity and what a president does as a private goal. And that distinction. Is I think central for assessing what brought trump to the point of impeachment. Peach Mint trump was not conditioning aid to Ukraine. That Congress had already appropriated for the point of some other aspect beck of what American policy needed to accomplish right. He's conditioning aid to Ukraine on private goals on things that help him in a pure. We domestic political context things that I think we can pretty easily distinguish at least intellectually from the presidency from official acts. And that's really where Dershowitz argument in my opinion lurches toward complete absurdity. What limited circumstances must exist in order to impeach any president ever? There's really nothing between the person inhabiting the office. And anything that might benefit that person particularly particularly and the office itself. I think that one of the things that's bothered me about the Democrats narrow argument in this impeachment process is the way that particularly equally. Adam Schiff is using this cold war imagery an argument that they're making Ukraine's political position in the world vis-a-vis Russia and the necessity for them to have these lethal weapons so central to it. When it's irrelevant what is relevant? Here's what you were just mentioning before. Did trump trump engage in an attempt to force a foreign power as a condition of receiving. They're already authorized aid to participate eight in a smear or attack campaign against one of the president's political rivals for the life of me. I don't understand why the Democrats want to make this Cold War politicking about and trump was holding up. This lethal aid. That poor little Ukraine needed. It's irrelevant to the crime. They're alleging no. It's only relevant. If you view foreign in policy is some kind of narian struggle one of the things. That ship said that I think didn't get remotely the attention that it deserved in his opening argument last last week was that America has an abiding interest in stemming Russian expansionism and resisting any nations efforts to remake the map of Europe by Dente military force even as we have tens of thousands of troops stationed there moreover as one witness put during our impeachment inquiry. The United didn't states age Ukraine and her people so that we can fight rush over there and we don't have to fight Russia Russia's not going to invade the United States they even said during Vietnam. We're fighting in Saigon. So we don't have to fight and San Francisco. We certainly heard a lot during the war on terror and particularly the Iraq war and I think there are lots of people who recognize the constitutional precipice that trump and this bribery scheme pose. Who want nothing to do with the idea of Russia as an eternal American enemy let alone a conflict with Russia that can spiral out of control even if it just remains a geopolitical struggle? Yeah I mean it seems like just such an own goal to have doubled and tripled down on this. This notion that we're in a new cold war rather than just looking at the facts are bad enough as they can be proven of what this guy's doing and I really think the Democrats have just completely blown their opportunity to show a spine impart because they've relied on the crutch of new Cold War politics and rhetoric. Partisan partisan commitment is a hell of drug and it seems not long from now. The United States will need to renegotiate a nuclear arms control treaty with the Russians. If you WANNA have any hope of stopping an accidental nuclear detonation you have to negotiate with Russia. You don't have to like Russia. You don't have to acclimate to Russian geopolitics. But what you have to do is get your diplomats Matt's across the table from one another in comp with the way of limiting both deployed and nondeployed nuclear weapons is a dangerous place to be. It's not dangerous just from from the fact that you saw Russian intrusion in American election in twenty sixteen and who knows what's going to happen going forward but if there is an existential danger from Russia it's an arms control danger and it has to be dealt with diplomatically because there's no other way of doing and rhetoric that I think often without really meaning or or thinking that they have meant it that the Democratic Party has adopted that goal gets set back and that's to no one's benefit. Let's talk about what some of what has been reported in this manuscript from John Bolton according to the New York Times reporting in in the Manuscript Bolton writes about his conversations with Attorney General William Bar where bar was worried that trump in his relationships with Xi Jinping of China of Turkish President Air John. He worried that because there were ongoing. Justice Department investigations it seemed that trump was actively actively undermining them bar saying he was quote worried that trump had created the appearance that he had undue influence over. What would typically be independent inquiries from the Justice Department so that seems to me from everything we know about bill bar pure reputational protection right that if it seems that trump impious worried that the Justice Department Specter General? Didn't go as far as he would've wanted you know obviously the Justice Department criticized the FBI. I but also said that. The Russian investigation crossfire. Hurricane into trump in Russia in two thousand sixteen was woefully predicated. That it wouldn't have gone as far as has what's necessary to appease trump bar is surely very cognizant that the reason why he has the attorney general ship in the first place is because trump grew furious at of all people jeff sessions for not being sufficiently toadfish to trump. And now bar has a John. Durham who I'm sure a you and I remember as the person who wet torture off the hook the special prosecutor who is investigating the CIA torture program and basically whitewashed the whole thing and covered it up that's correct and also framed it in such a way that none.
"john bolton" Discussed on Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill
"The nothing in the Bolton revelations even if true would rise to the level of an abusive power or an impeachable offense you cannot impeach a President on an unsourced manuscript that maybe some reports have an idea. Maybe what it says listen. I don't I don't know what John Bolton's book says or doesn't say. Are we really going to require a country to wait until his book comes out to find out information that senators could have used I I like to hear for John. Bolton and president trump ambassador Bolton said diametrically opposed things only one of them is willing to testify under under oath. Who Do you believe wouldn't quote you even as an anonymous source you'd be on deep backward? Can you tell me what you know. We are the Great Satan Lord of the underworld master of the raging inferno. Listen I'm tired of your chicken Shit Games. I don't want hands. I need to know what you know. If you continue to lie cheat and deceive yes there will indeed be held a pay Eh. The worst in American history. I have an article to have the right to do whatever I want as president whatever. I want This is intercepted. And I'm Jeremy Scahill coming from the offices of the intercept in New York City and this is episode. Fourteen of intercepted.
"john bolton" Discussed on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Ears Edition
"Was the seventh day in the impeachment trial of president. Donald Jaffar trump and the big news is still the bombshell dropped by John Bolton two former national security adviser and broke ass monopoly. Man You see in his upcoming book. John Bolton claims that president trump did in fact have a quid pro quo with Ukraine and where he demanded dirt on Joe Biden and a side of fries so John Bolton has now thrown a wrench into trump's impeachment trial which has been a major topic topic of discussion amongst trump's most trusted advisers Fox News. Now what's interesting. Is that not too long ago. John Bolton was clearly part of the Fox family joining us now Fox News contributor former. US Ambassador to the UN. John Bolton who better to bring in American Enterprise Institute scholar Ambassador John Bolton Ambassador Bolton always good to see you good morning not a good evening ambassador. Merry Christmas love seeing each and every day ambassador. John Lewis being walked to the studio by Stan. This is it. Oh Man. If Shakira's hips don't lie then those lips the lions because of that look at that it looks like he's legs or fused directly to his shoulders. It's like watching C.. Three Po trying to tour. That's so that looks like and you can tell you can tell how much people at Fox cared for. John Bolton goofy uncle who just wants to have fun and wipe Iran off the planets on it but now that Bolton's allegations could hurt. President Trump Fox News has made it very clear that he's no longer invited to the family. cookouts we heard from other other people Closely tied to the White House. Who Said Look John Bolton is simply trying to sell a book and that's why the timing is so delicious there is nothing thing Bolton adds to the conversation? That's John Bolton. Well it's really disappointing. If he ends up being just another think tank type trying to cash in on his time the White House and the only reason isn't anyone cares about what bulletin has to say is because he was trump's national security advisor period..
"john bolton" Discussed on Slate's The Gist
"I think the House really wants to bear down the pressure on you know Susan Collins Cory Gardner and a lot of these senators who could vote for witnesses. I don't think they want to muddy the process more and have it come back to the house and then that would just sort of confuse everything I mean. I'm not I'm not entirely sure why why they're so resolute. I think it's just about not trying to muddy the waters at this point. Okay so I've only had questions but I have. I think made a conclusion based on what you said that that indicates to me that Adam Schiff does not believe that John Bolton is the smoking gun because of he was the smoking gun he wouldn been shift wound care about timelines and timing and muddy waters the he would blow the mud out of the water. If you were the smoking gun so it says is to me that shift at least suspects if a time line is more important than Bolton's testimony that shift at least suspects that Bolton's testimony won't end this whole thing right there. I mean that could be right or something. Where Yeah you have Bolton if he testified in the House and then that just leads you to want to Add more witnesses in the house and the house process just keeps going on for a while and then that gives Senate Republicans more time to think about why you know doesn't necessarily really matter on the other hand you can have a Senate Senate trial where you're hearing the same facts you've heard before and people's impressions of whether that's impeachable or not already baked in. But if you had some sort of bombshell come out during the Senate Senate trial I mean maybe that could you know in the moment make it a little more difficult for for Senate Republicans right so before this interview. we were texting back and forth and hours throwing out some hypotheticals. One Bolton is nothing substantive to add but was committed to going through a process of following a subpoena just because because the guy loved the law seems unlikely to he has nothing to add and really didn't want to be bothered but now he figures. Oh it's just not worth fighting. I don't know about that. How about this? He he does have something to add and he really does want to damage the president but doesn't WanNa seem didn't want to seem too eager to do so. Could that be true. It could be true. I mean again. It doesn't match with our timeline about Iran you know the president doing what Bolton wanted on Iran and then suddenly just a week later you know really wanting to come out and take down the president but it could be it could be but I think he does have have. I think it's likely they does have something damaging on the president. We just don't know how willing he has to say it. Yeah so maybe this possibility for he does have something to add something substantive where you said damaging to add but he figures because of politics McConnell will never call him so this is an escape route where he looks good and he could blame someone else else for not being heard yeah. I think that is pretty likely And here's the last one. This is the triple reverse bank shot. He has nothing to add is bathing the Democrats into calling him. He knows it will get a lot of attention. Then it will look like a nothing burger. He'll come out looking like he satisfied the law but he also ultimately ultimately help the anti impeachment forces right so I think that one is also very likely this one opposite things. You said two things very like right. I mean it could be opposite opposite things. I'm just thinking what's likely you know. One of those seem to be the most realistic options. I mean I think it could go either way and can I add my one last year. Yeah Okay it's sort of a variation of the last one. But John Bolton has a book coming out and he wants to keep himself in the news enough so he'll offer something in the trial. Oh that's pretty juicy though maybe not juicy enough to take trump down which will get him a lot of attention a lot more hype for his book. How about that Is there is this. Like a long con- On podcast ploy is that what's going on. He wants to wants to flip the book into twelve part. podcast I think I think he might be gunning for your job. Actually if he really wanted attention couldn't he and Omarosa do a theater tour or something like this. That's true but I mean you can't really beat the attention of like a new witness an impeachment trial. I mean that's really good stuff thaddeus. That's gold yeah. He'll get up there and he'll just tease out something else that you'll have to read later when his book comes out maybe he'll be like Joe Biden and give out a web address that's actually like a text number and not understand what's going on right right. Last question is and this is legit question that I'm sure you've been asked. So what the likelihood that I think. It's four Republicans gins have to break ranks and get him to testify assuming that no Democrats Like say from West Virginia also break ranks and they give a vote to McConnell yeah. I think that you'll have Democrats pretty unified when they do have this vote mid trial to try and compel not just Bolton but a couple of other figures who they've I've been trying to get whether you can get four Republicans to join them. I think that the way the trial is structured. And I think McConnell did this intentionally. You'll hear all the opening opening arguments. You'll have the first round of questions from senators to the impeachment managers and the defense and then I think Republican leadership will say okay. I think we've heard enough. We don't really need to hear anymore. We've gone through exactly what the House gave us. And we don't think it's enough so we don't really need to call him more witnesses. Democrats are just trying to drag this out indefinitely. Yeah and I think that will be an argument that maybe helps him Keep from losing for Republicans. When's is going to happen when it's impeachment knows I? I think Nancy Pelosi once. She sees the the impeachment rules in in plain tax. That McConnell has that has votes for. I think she'll transmit the articles then and that could be by the end of this week and then you know within the next couple of weeks the trout to get started. Oh my God so there's pretty much no chance that it's that the senators there's who are vying for the votes of Iowans will be able to Leave and you know hit the hustings in Des Moines. Yeah yeah well it depends on what money you have like. Bernie has a lot of campaign money on E. SO apparently he's thinking about chartering flights so we can go back and do events at night and then fly back to DC so that may not work so well for Michael Bennett or someone with fewer resources. There's actually a transportation issue. This is what we're talking about. The transportation issue yeah. I mean you can't do stuff during the day like that's what it comes down to. It's have view given enough money to charter a flight right right. I know maybe burn. It'll be nice and take his competitors with them we'll see but then they'd have to declare The fair value. Oh you pay back the sanders campaign that right. Jim Newell is the senior politics writer at slate. This is one of those interviews where no questions were answered. But I think much was gained. I mean just in the asking thank you Jim Thank you. I hope we confused everyone more. I know I mean that wasn't our goal but I think I think we did strike a couple of these these.
"john bolton" Discussed on The Daily
"Here. It seems like Bolton did ultimately have an outsized influence over these huge foreign policy issues that you just outlined he wanted the US to be out of the Iran nuclear deal the US now out he opposed peace talks with Kim Jong. ooh In North Korea. Those talks have more or less stall right. He was a peace deal with Taliban. The president just said those over not bad yeah in some ways that's true obviously but it depends on the issue on Iran for instance and I'm not looking that hurt Iran at all. I'm looking to have Iran say no nuclear the weapons we have enough problems in this world right now with nuclear weapons no nuclear weapons for rent and I think we'll make a deal. He was pushing on an open door. The President agreed with John Bolton's Walton's view of the Iran nuclear deal. They both thought it was a terrible idea that it was giving around too much leeway and that they should get out so they agreed on that but they didn't agree agree on for instance regime change. That's something that Bolton has always favored in. Iran presidents now publicly said several times. I'm not foraging change. These are great. People it has a chance has to be a great country with the same leadership. We're not looking for regime change. I just want to make that clear. We're looking for no nuclear weapons. If you look on your career you're right. The talks are stalled that certainly pleased John Bolton because he thought that their counterproductive and dangerous but probably wasn't because of him. It was really more because of Kim. I'm not coming to the table with anything meaningful so in a lot of ways John Bolton did have a lot of influence particularly help for instance holding out of some treaties like the IMF treaty with Russia but his successors were in areas where he was working with the presence own instinct where he was going in the same direction. We got in trouble. It was where he was fighting against the tide. I'm struck struck by the fact that the thing you say the president liked most about Bolton. His pugilist is combative style is also kind of a cost Bolton his job right yeah I mean. This is something that people said even seventeen months ago when he was hired you know winning was. I don't know those two in a room. The inevitable clash flash is going to eventually drive the part to some people. It's surprising that it took this long but he viewed his job as how to stop bad deals from happening within minutes of his resigning. I talk with the person who's close to Bolton and said look for seventeen months. The John Bolt was national security adviser. There are no bad deals. That's his view and and you know we've seen this before where people who surround the president view their job as stopping the president from doing things they consider be bad right in REX Tillerson's case for instance. It was the only around he wanted to stop the president for being too combative in the world. John Bolton wanted to stop the president from being too naive and his view to willing to get in bed with with bad actors who can't be trusted in both cases. It didn't end up well to boone is leaving with all these same. Foreign policy matters largely unresolved which is a problem for the next national security adviser. So what do you think is happening next. And what can you tell us about who you suspect the president will choose for that job and what it will tell us us about how he's thinking about those issues right exactly. I mean the the president said today that he will name somebody next week. Now it suggests he has perhaps somebody in mind wind and one of the names for instance. We've heard is a guy named Steve. Steve Begin is a former George W Bush administration official who has been president trump's chief negotiator later with the North Koreans. I fully understand the importance of this job. The issues are tough and they will be tough to resolve the president has created an opening in it's one that we must take by seizing every possible opportunity to realize the vision for a peaceful future breath for the people of North Korea that would seem to tell you if he picks big and that he's looking for somebody on the opposite side of Bolton when it comes to some of these diplomacy issues somebody who's willing to you talk with some of these bad actors order to try to negotiate some sort of an agreement on the other hand if he picks a different figure somebody who's more hard lined like John Bolton. Maybe you'll the policies won't change. The question really would be more about personality and fit and chemistry so we're looking to see who choices because I think it will be telling in figuring out where the president will go in this next year before the election.
"john bolton" Discussed on The Daily
"This podcast is supported by CBS n the live streaming video news channel from CBS News Cbs N. is the original reporting in breaking news you trust from CBS News and it's always on we focus on facts not opinion. It's news for everyone. CBS is perfect for cord cutters because you can watch wherever you are across all streaming devices. Here's here's how you do it download the CBS News App any APP store and then start watching C. BSN right away for free. I'm Laura Anderson. I am one of the people that make the daily and I'm also one of the people who made a show called Caliphate. It's a show that follows community Kalmykia she reports on Isis. I can remember the first time I heard the interview Rukmini and our produce the animals had done with a former isis member. He confesses to things he does as part of the group's religious police if felt like such a rare interview when we had our doubts about the story he told us us we pulled on every level. We had to get to the bottom of it. We leaned on reporters with sources and national security agencies. We used the full muscle of the New York Times newsroom to get to the truth of his story. I can't think of another place. This story could come together and that is what you get. When you subscribe to The New York Times we are setting out to make stories that only the New York Times can tell so if you want want to support our efforts to keep bringing shows like the view. Please subscribe to the New York Times and thank you so Peter. I guess the question here is why why hire a national security adviser who is so fundamentally different from you on the issue of national security well. It's a great question what president trump liked liked about John Bolton joining me right now former. US Ambassador to the UN Ambassador John Bolton Ambassador. I was seeing on Fox News and very aggressively articulating conservative point of view people talk about closing this border for a long time. I was in the Reagan administration. We passed the nineteen eighty-six Immigration Reform and Control Act which was closed the borders. They thought that Bolton was kind of like minded huge realistic version of political figure. They do share some things. It's idea of America first does play into John Bolton's philosophy as well. He describes himself as an American nationalist. He's not all that thrilled with allies. Neither is president trump he doesn't really believe in the UN or allies international organizations and think that they're very effective or or that the United States should be subordinating itself to them. I'm neither does president trump. What he missed was that bones view is very different than his own view. Then president trump's view on a lot of these big issues on north career where president trump wanted negotiate with Kim Jong UN and John Bolton thought that was probably unwise. There's not a lot of time to waste here talking to the North Koreans. This is a waste of time on Iran. How long would it take for Iran to get a deliverable nuclear weapon roughly one day after North Korea gets where just a couple of months ago John Bolton teed up a retaliatory strike for the downing of an American surveillance drone right and the president hold it back at the last minute right on Russia John Bolton much much tougher much more skeptical of Ladimir Putin's Russia than the president would never invite them back into the g. Seven the way the president has talked about and finally of of course these last few days. We see highlighted in this very big dramatic way. There's no blind trust in the Taliban in this administration. That's for sure they idea of negotiating with the Taliban.
"john bolton" Discussed on The Daily
"Hey Peter it's Michael Barbaro. Are you good. I Imagine I'm catching you absolutely in the thick of it just how in the thick of it like crashing what's going on okay. We saw the prisoners tweet about John Bolton being out as national career adviser and I wonder if I could ask you a few questions about it or is now just not a good time yeah. I think it would be better to write songs. I don't talk a little bit okay. Thank you bye from the New York Times. I'm Michael Go borrow. This is daily today. Peter Baker eventually take the call and explains what happened it to John Bolton. It's Wednesday September Eleventh Peter her hello. Hey I there were you. What a difference. A day makes little twenty twenty four hours in crazy town is John Kelly would call right John. Kelly him so yesterday. Peter you were telling us that president trump was calling off a peace deal with the Taliban which is exactly what his National Security Adviser John Bolton was pushing for and that's probably the John Bolton win now today. Bolden is either uh-huh in fired or he quit depending on who you believe so. How do you square those two well. Sometimes you win a policy fight I and lose the war right in this case did get what he wanted in terms of ending the negotiations at least for now with the Taliban but he had so worn down his relationship ship with the President That by plus twenty four hours later. He's out of a job. I'm your host Stephen Colbert. After we talk yesterday Saturday there was a confrontation between the president and over this very topic nonstop invited the Taliban to Camp David the weekend before nine eleven. That's like there's nothing that's like that people in Vice President Mike Pence's camp were upset at Bolton because of story both Vice President Mike Pence and National Security Adviser John Bolton thought it was a mistake that had come out saying that pence had also been against the Camp David meeting with the Taliban that was perceived by pence's people as away from Bolton's camp to basically enlist allies and say hey it wasn't just him AAC but according to people familiar with the talks trump wanted to be the deal maker who would put the final parts together himself or at least be perceived to be so they deeply resented granted that that was blamed on bulletin fairly or not and so by the time the president talk with Bolton last night feeling we're really raw right because bolden head opposed the Camp David Meeting and so the thinking is that Bolton would have been the one or people around him to get the word out that Oh I'm not alone book even the vice president oppose this meeting exactly and for months the president had been kinda bristling at what he perceived to be John Bolton's overly hawkish. This view of the World John Bolton is absolutely a hawk is up to him. He'd take on the whole world at one time. Okay you know he would even joke about that. I actually temper John which is pretty amazing isn't he was the peacemaker among the two. Nobody thought that was gonNA. I'm the one that tempers him but that's okay. I have different sides. I mean I have John Bolton and have other people that are a little more dovish than him and in some ways that was true because Bolton didn't like a lot of diplomacy that was going. I didn't like dealing with North Koreans. Koreans or the Iranians or the Taleban didn't trust any of them. He didn't think that they might stay in bed with these bad actors. Here's an all purpose insult that you can use who's I'll apply it to the to the North Koreans question. How do you know when the North Korean regime is lying answer when their lips are moving now. You're absolutely as somebody who's looking for the big deal. He's GonNa make a deal with the Taliban. Maybe homemaker deal with Iran again. I think Iran has tremendous economic economic potential and I look forward to letting them get back to the stage where they can show that and that was at the core of the very big differences between him and his national security adviser so what happens this morning well. The morning begins actually kind of normal in the White House there was a meeting of the national security team in the situation room chair by John Bolton as it should normally be without the president a couple of hours later the white it has scheduled a briefing that bolden was going to give in the White House briefing room to the press along with Secretary of state. Mike Pompeo Sector Treasury Steve Mnuchin talk about terrorism offers then attic breaking news just as we begin the hour the United States announcing on twitter his National Security Adviser John Bolton is leaving right around noon comes the tweet from the president. See The tweet from the president right there. I asked John for his resignation which was given to me this morning. I thank I'm John Very much for his service. I will be naming a new national security adviser this week within minutes though comes another tweet in a surreal moment twelve minutes later this one from John Bone Bolan denied he was fired tweeting. I offered to resign last night and president president trump said. Let's talk tomorrow. He saying that he offers resignation and the president had accepted in the words. It was his idea not the president I went ahead and texted him just to make sure we were understanding that he didn't giving us a different version. He was disputing the president. You texted jumble. I texted John Bolton on his phone and he texted back offered last night without his asking slept on it and gave it to him this morning so John. Bolton is disputing the version. The present game he say is not true mm-hmm and Peter. What happens to that press conference. We're Bolton talk well. They still had the briefing low everybody so Secretary Pompeo and I are here today to talk about the president's new executive order with Mnuchin the secretaries of state and treasury and they're there to talk about fighting global terrorism terrorism financing and how they're planning to be tougher on terrorism as we had the anniversary of nine eleven at this time secretary to take a couple of questions should this topic but of course everybody in the room wants to ask about the John Bolton get fired or quit did he what happened to Bolton and what what the back story is of course is that Pompeo have been at odds for months they have been in epic feud over basically the ear of the president share some of the same policy of user user both pretty hawkish conservatives but bump. Heo has done more to stay within the president's good graces. I would say than John Bolton back. Did he leaves the White House because he disagreed with Neil in particular over talks Tom so we asked Pompeii or about this. In the briefing room. Leave leave to the president to talk about the reasons he made decision but I but I would say this the presents entitled to the staff that he wants and I had to say he would know tears shed on his part for John. Bowl and he said look the present deserve to have somebody he trusts and values many times ambassador Bolton. I disagreed that's to be sure when he very openly said look. I had a lot of disagreements so he wasn't trying to even pretend that they didn't have a rivalry places that investment. I had different views about how we should proceed in one point. They were asked for you to buy what occurred today. Would they blindsided by this and both of them grin. I'm never surprised waist and POMPEO said I'm not surprised by anything. I'm never surprised he said Justice issue the pump Hale and are both hawks hell manner. Shan wooded difference might look like for them for example how did bolden handle Afghanistan Ghanistan and the Taliban talks verses pump hail well. That's one area where they were at. Odds on paper was more favorable toward the talk because he knew the president was for in other words. If he were left to his own devices it might not be his particular choice but Pompeo was more willing to subordinate is views to his presidents and that was the lesson he learned learn from Rex Tillerson who didn't do that. The First Secretary State and I'm getting fired as resume Bolton in some ways was policy-wise very different than REX tillerson but in terms of not simply going along to get along he was less willing to simply go along with policy ideas that he didn't favor where he probably went crosswise the president and his people value valued loyalty and they never quite accepted. Ole Miss a member of the team. Does all of that in the end kind of suggest to you that despite this dispute over exactly really what happened no I wasn't fired. I resigned. No I fired you that in the end. It sounds like it was trump who pushed out bone. Well well look at the relationship was broken. It was inevitable that this is going to happen whether it was never happened today or some other day. It doesn't really matter that much because we knew ooh that he overstayed his welcome now as he was no longer really going to be welcomed in that. White House.
"john bolton" Discussed on WSJ Opinion: Potomac Watch
"That's ADP always designing for people from the opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal. This is Potomac Watch. WHAT'S PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAX. John Bolton is national security advisor his third national security adviser over what the president tweeted were disagreements agreements over policy recommendations. What's likely to happen next. We'll tell you about it. Plus Congress is back in town hide the children we will. We'll tell you what might happen. Impeachment the trade front and any other in gun control among other issues welcome. I'm Paul Zhigo with the Wall Street Journal editorial Royal Page here with my colleagues Kim Strassel. Hello Kim and Paul Bill mcgurn Bill Hi Paul so John Bolton now I can tell you that the from my own reporting that over the recent months John Bolton recognized as as he put it once you're only one tweet away Don mcgann the president's former general counsel was famous around the White House for saying that and of course he ultimately left as as well but this is a significant news coming as it does amid many many diplomatic diplomats issues and negotiations going on with the administration the Iran pressure there is the Afghanistan decision on the weekend to stop the talks with Taliban. There's the ongoing troubles else with North Korea the attempt to try to stop its missile program and there is of course also the ongoing relationship with China. What what What does it mean bill? Do you think that the president has now let his third national security advisor go and with what fifteen months before or an election yeah well for someone like me who thought John Bolton was a great national security adviser and not only because I disagreed. I agreed with lot out of what John Bolton would recommend but I thought he served the president. Well was clear he offered opinions even when they ruffled feathers and people didn't agree and a president really needs needs that it's odd coming now because the last report was that John was was on the opposite side of inviting the Taliban to Camp David and you know my reading of that is that since he prevailed or his argument prevailed that saved the president from from a real embarrassment to have the Taliban at Camp David right before the anniversary of nine eleven so in a lot of other things I think I think he gave good advice. What makes me worried is. Is this a rift with Secretary Pompeo at the State Department did he did he want John John Bolton out too and that that makes me a little more word because I think John Bolton put in a little he understood he was not the president. It wasn't Baltin administration but on the two the big issues and national security Iran and North Korea I think he provided a level of hardheadedness and sobriety and was always probably the guy I to warn against prematurely giving in to any agreement and that I think that serve the president well to answer your your question about Pompeii. Oh I think the answer to that is yes. John Bolton had clashed with Mike Pompeii on a few things palm particularly on Afghanistan Pun Peyot at Secretary of state has been. I think thank shrewd in one sense. He is not he has tried to have no discernible difference with anything. Donald Trump believes and has dutifully attempted to carry out the president's wishes on some areas where maybe pompeo if he had his own druthers might not do it and and I think Afghanistan is a really good example of that. POMPEO was the president told them I want to get out of Afghanistan. By twenty twenty. pompeo saluted he appointed waited. Zalmay Khalilzad who we all know as negotiator Zahle as he is known was negotiating with the Taliban Alabama and I think you know was putting together the negotiation at Camp David and I'm still trying to decide why the president decided to to pull the plug on that and I think it probably had something to do with John. Bolton's sounds opposition and the question is whether I mean we know that Bolton wanted to that gave him other advice and there were some other issues where they were disagreeing along the way and I think that the President you know bulletin is is a blunt person Cam. You know very well he he speaks his mind. He says what he thinks and he even says it in a fairly direct way and you know the president one thing we know about this. President is a over time he does not like people who don't agree with them yeah and that tension has been building over months now and you know Bolton. I think think light bump has been careful not to publicly disagree with the president but there have been things certainly news reports showing that he explaining that he had some profound problems with some of the president's decisions in particular he bolton was reportedly in favor of that plan air strike on Iran that was meant to be in retaliation for the downed. US drone trump call off in the end he was absolutely not in favor of the President Meeting with North Korea's Kim and crossing over into the demilitarized zone even walking into North Korea at one point point and that was actually a little bit more of a public rebuke in that when trump announced he was going to do that. Bolton decided not to accompany him and instead it went on a pre-planned trip that he already had to Mongolia and so there has been this rift forming and as you said John is the sort the guy who just says exactly what he thinks. The president doesn't much enjoy that and so maybe it's not a surprise that this has happened but I do think it's a great loss because he really served as a realist in the administration that is otherwise can seems to be very focused. Donald Trump wants to make deals sometimes. It's a little bit naive approach and we'll see who he gets his a replacement but I I think this is a loss for this administration Bolton despite his disagreements did uh did try to implement the president's policies. I mean I think I. I you know he once said to me. about Korea well. It's not the way I would do it but since the president wanted to have this face to face summit summitry with Kim Kim Jong UN the leader of North Korea. He went along any implemented. He played he you know he tried to do what the president wanted he mm did give the advice in the second summit to walk away when the deal the Kim presented was not adequate and that was good advice that he that he that he did that but so I'm I'm. I'm wondering you know what this means for the president's foreign policy bill. I guess my view would be that. One of the things that means is that the president is probably GonNa get somebody who really is going to help him do the deals he he wants to do and I'm going to have to watch very carefully what those deals are right and that's where I mean I saw John as a check on some of the there's in any White House and then he foreign policy dealing the emphasis is always on getting the deal and over time that can mean dropping some of your principles to to get the deal. It's a constant in this and I think John was a you know he has long experience in dealing with Iran and North Korea right. He's not a newcomer to this game so I I think he was a good check on it. Look you mentioned that he tried to implement the president's pile. That's the honorable thing to do having worked in the White House the worst the least honorable well people are people that don't agree with the president's policy and stay in a self serving way either to sabotage it or just serve themselves. I think you have two choices. You you either salute as you said and try to implement it in the best way you know how or you say this is a bridge too far. I can't do it in new honorably resign and over differences so I I think the president did praise the service honorable. I think the White House is less for having John Bolton's advice tempering. Maybe maybe some of the enthusiasms on these different forays and let me say one other thing on Afghanistan. I mean I can understand. The president campaigned on getting us out of these long wars wars and people do say. When are we going to do it that said the long term you if you look at our commitments in Asia and Europe the long term commitments have not been in bloody lay after the conflicts and they really have led to peace in these regions greater peace and commerce and opportunity on not unsure the Middle East is at different now I mean it looks uglier at the beginning we're talking about the sacking of John Bolton as national security adviser advisor to the president and you're listening to Potomac Watch from the Wall Street Journal. Whatever you and your employees are working for? ADP designing better ways to help you achieve it for HR talent and time management to benefits and payroll. That's ADP always designing for people.
"john bolton" Discussed on #WeThePeople LIVE
"The diplomatic chops or foreign policy chops to to go toe to toe with bolton but if she's not there to to say daddy don't start world war three i feel like john bolton could gradually kit can move the goalposts that vista president this is your legacy mr president you are a steward of the country mr president you can't be the one that allows a random develop nuclear bomb on your watch even if no evidence of such a thing exists and you know can convince you know he could convince trump that i've got the plan of how we decapitate kim jong un and don't worry the only be maybe two hundred thousand casualties in seoul seoul will get hit with artillery but we'll rebuild soul so we'll beautiful soul be built beautiful trumpet organizational do it i feel like he's that kind of person that he bolton himself while a brilliant guy and a competent guy has has a blind spot about his own mistakes you wouldn't one be brilliant and make absolutely horrendous mistakes this is not a person that ever seems to have you know setting i would do this differently or we could have done this differently it's a real maximalist position to everything and again like i said hyper competent and not not an ideolog like a steve bannon steve bannon had this you know you know nationalist worldview and and and that and i think he just found a a vessel in trump to kind of ride it eroded as long as he could bolton's like he's not a media guy he's he's he's this is what he wants this is what he's always this this is what he is always worked for his is what he studied for to be somebody like a national security adviser if he could be secretary of state or secretary defense.
"john bolton" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
"To come on in and run the government for him and i think we're going to see who knows sean hannity may be the new chief of staff martha maccallum i mean there's going to be jobs for everybody i don't know how they're going to get the shows on the air anymore at fox but that really seems to be what trump is hitting your and i don't even think he's picking boat because he's a hard liner i think he's picking him because he's on tv and ned john bolton could not get confirmed by the senate when george w bush nominated him to be ambassador to the united nations so the president of then installed him through a a recess appointment but it seems that bolton would have similar difficulties getting confirmed now national security advisor does not have to be confirmed and so he's the bypass that completely talk about the national security adviser have that last word with the president the way the job is is designed with the keeping the national security adviser physically housed in the white house well that's precisely what gives the national security advisor his or her currency having that proximity to the president the national security advisers office is just feet from the oval office in his joshua saying on your program earlier the national security adviser is the first one in in the last one out when the president meets with with his foreign counterpart the other key point though lawrence is at the national security adviser is not supposed to come to the position with firm prominent policy views of his or her own the person is supposed to be the coordinator is supposed to be the mediator between the secretary of defense the secretary of state the intelligence community the treasury department and so forth and so on that's not john bolton john bolton has come who someone who comes to the job with very strong preformed views in lawrence i just want to go back to to the last question to david this question on russia john bolton is a hawk.