President Donald Trump is not the only one upset with John Bolton these days.
The former Trump National Security adviser is also under attack from Democrats and the liberal media for failing to share the contents of his new tell-all book during the impeachment process, according to The Hill.
Bolton under fire
Excerpts from Bolton’s upcoming book, which originally attracted the media’s attention during Trump’s impeachment trial, leaked to the press this week — prompting a storm of recriminations from the president and his allies.
The book makes startling claims, including that Donald Trump encouraged China’s president in building concentration camps to house its Uighur Muslim minority and asked for China’s help in his bid for re-election, according to the Wall Street Journal. While Republicans say that Bolton is a liar and an opportunist who is just trying to sell a book, Democrats aren’t happy with him either.
Months after the impeachment saga wrapped up without Bolton’s testimony, Democrats like Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) are angry that Bolton saved these tidbits for his book and not the witness stand, where it might have helped in their crusade against the president.
“When Bolton was asked, he refused, and said he’d sue if subpoenaed. Instead, he saved it for a book,” Schiff, who led the impeachment effort, said, according to the Washington Examiner. “Bolton may be an author, but he’s no patriot.”
The New York Times, in its review of Bolton’s book, called the memoir “exceedingly tedious and slightly unhinged,” while MSNBC host Chris Hayes called Bolton an “odious” man who “is attempting to literally cash in on betrayal of his country,” as Fox News reported.
Controversy rages on
Bolton, in his book, faults House Democrats for focusing too much on Ukraine during the impeachment, as The Hill reports.
“Had the House not focused solely on the Ukraine aspects of Trump’s confusion of his personal interests there might have been a greater chance to persuade others that ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ had been perpetrated,” he writes.
The mustachioed hawk has proven to be a thorn in Trump’s side, months after throwing impeachment into turmoil and long after he left the White House in 2019 over disagreements with Trump on foreign policy. Trump says Bolton was fired, while Bolton says he left of his own volition, as USA Today reported.
Despite making everyone angry, Bolton’s book has already reached the top of Amazon’s bestseller list, according to Forbes.