Pelosi slams Bolton for refusing to testify during impeachment, says he was ‘so arrogant’

Trump’s former National Security Adviser John Bolton is set to release a book about his time in the Trump administration that reportedly contains information that House Democrats wanted during the impeachment fiasco.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is furious that Bolton opted to not reveal what information he had while the Democrats were attempting to remove Trump in January, saying during a press conference on Thursday that Bolton was “so arrogant” to choose “loyalty over patriotism.”

Bolton loses favor

During the Democrat-led Ukraine phone call impeachment push, Bolton was seen as a potential key to proving charges against President Trump.

Bolton was fired in September of 2019 under acrimonious circumstances, and there were rumors that he could be called to testify before the House or Senate about Trump’s policy toward Ukraine.

Ultimately, he declined to voluntarily testify and Congress opted to pass on ordering him to testify, so the issue became a moot point.

After Bolton advanced copies of his book alleging misconduct on the part of the Trump administration to several media outlets, Pelosi went on the offensive against Bolton. “He was so arrogant in terms of the House when we were engaged in the impeachment,” Pelosi said during her weekly press conference.

Bolton told ABC in a recent interview that Trump was “unfit” for office, a statement Pelosi emphatically agrees with, but the Speaker is furious that he didn’t volunteer that information when it really mattered.

“President Trump is clearly ethically unfit and intellectually unprepared to be the president of the United States,” Pelosi said. “That doesn’t seem to matter to the Republicans in the United States Senate. It didn’t seem to matter to John Bolton. He chose loyalty over patriotism. And so he’s going to make money off of his book, I guess.”

Looking ahead

Since the Senate rejected House Democrats’ attempts to impeach and remove Trump in February, Democrats have been keeping their eyes peeled for a new way to attack Trump.

Both Pelosi and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) have indicated that the fight is not over, especially now that Bolton reportedly has new dirt on Trump.

Pelosi indicated on Thursday that the House could pursue a subpoena of Bolton after he officially releases the book. “One thing is for sure: the American people have the right to know,” Pelosi continued. “Our oversight will always continue. Whether that’s by subpoena or some other way, I’ll discuss that with the chairs of the committees.”

Schiff released a statement on Thursday supporting potential action as well. “We will continue to hold Trump accountable, and work to expose his abuses and corruption,” Schiff announced. “In the coming days, we will be consulting with the Speaker and other chairs on next steps.”
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