Democrats have long hoped to hear former National Security Adviser John Bolton testify in the Senate’s impeachment trial, thinking it would be bad news for President Donald Trump. But according to a new report from the Washington Examiner, the reverse may be true — and Trump may have nothing to worry about.
The Examiner‘s David M. Drucker reported Saturday that sources “who know [Bolton] well” have revealed that the former Trump adviser “is unlikely to drop the bombshell on President Trump hoped for by Democrats” if he is called to testify in the Senate.
The Republican brand
Bolton’s name has been in the headlines since the House’s impeachment inquiry last fall, when witnesses testified that Bolton disagreed with President Trump’s alleged decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine until Kyiv agreed to open an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. In fact, one witness even claimed that Bolton referred to the plan as a “drug deal,” The New York Times reported.
This apparently led Democrats to believe that the former National Security adviser could bolster their case against Trump — and when Bolton himself said earlier this month that he’d be willing to testify in the Senate’s trial, many assumed this meant he was willing to give Democrats what they wanted: testimony that would lead to the president’s removal.
But now, according to Drucker, not everyone is so sure that Bolton has that testimony to give.
“I’d be surprised if he risked his future in GOP politics and policymaking on testimony that would torpedo the president,” a former Bolton associate told the Examiner.
“His future is about the Republican brand,” another inside source told Drucker. “Bolton cannot toss a Republican president overboard.”
Bolstering Dems’ case?
According to the Examiner‘s sources, Bolton is, as always, pushing to get his hawkish foreign policy agenda adopted — and for this, he needs the support of the GOP, something he would jeopardize by testifying against Trump, Drucker argued.
He went on: “Bolstering the Democrats’ case against Trump with damning testimony would immediately blow up Bolton’s post-White House project. With the loyalty Trump commands from the GOP base and most congressional Republicans, donations to his PAC would dry up.
“Worse, the relationships that facilitate Bolton’s ability to shape Republican foreign policy might be irrevocably broken,” Drucker added.
Drucker concluded that Bolton’s “willingness to testify in the Senate” shouldn’t be confused with “a desire to settle a score with Trump.”
And if his sources are right, it looks like this impeachment trial may go even better for President Trump than planned.