John Bolton is doing his damnedest to cast a cloud over President Donald Trump’s path to re-election.
According to Fox News, the president’s vengeful former adviser is pressing to release his tell-all book on the president next week. The memoir allegedly claims that Trump committed unknown “transgressions” that, as Fox reported, “went well beyond the Ukraine saga that led to his impeachment.”
There was a frenzy of interest in Bolton’s book during the impeachment saga, when the media hyped up Bolton as a “bombshell” witness about Trump’s alleged wrongdoing involving Ukraine — but Republicans in the Senate vetoed testimony (after Dems failed to subpoena Bolton), and Bolton never spoke.
Although the country has long since moved on from that absurd TV drama, Bolton still has a book to sell — and it’s slated to hit shelves next week, provided the White House doesn’t stop that from happening.
Bolton’s publisher is marketing the book straightforwardly as an explosive anti-Trump scoop, promising to divulge what “Donald Trump doesn’t want you to read,” Fox notes.
“Drawn from his personal participation in key events, and filled with perspective and humor, Bolton covers an array of topics — chaos in the White House, sure, but also assessments of major players, the president’s inconsistent, scattershot decision-making process, and his dealings with allies and enemies alike, from China, Russia, Ukraine, North Korea, Iran, the UK, France, and Germany,” a statement from the publisher read, according to Fox.
An excerpt from Bolton says that Trump’s decisions were entirely “driven by reelection calculations,” and Bolton reportedly claims that Trump committed other “transgressions” relating to foreign policy outside the Ukraine melodrama, according to the publisher.
It’s clear that Bolton has made no secret of his dislike for Trump, who claims he fired Bolton last year, as foreign policy disagreements flared. (Bolton claims he left of his own will, according to Fox.)
The White House has long said that the ousted adviser’s book, which is still under review by the government, contains classified info, and the Trump administration is expected to prepare a lawsuit to prevent its publication next week, according to The Hill.
On Monday, Trump said that Bolton’s book, if published, would run afoul of the law.
“If he wrote a book and if the book gets out, he’s broken the law and I would think you would have criminal problems. I hope so,” Trump said, according to Axios.
Election season is obviously in full swing. The knives are out for Mr. Trump.