U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has described former National Security Adviser John Bolton as “no patriot” over his decision to save salacious claims about President Donald Trump for his forthcoming memoir instead of testifying during the House impeachment trial.
Nevertheless, Schiff says he will be discussing the “next steps” in the Democratic effort to impeach Trump based on the claims Bolton makes in The Room Where It Happened, according to Breitbart.
Drafts of Bolton’s book were released to the press, and reports indicated it touched on Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, which was a central issue in the president’s House impeachment investigation. The president was acquitted in a subsequent Senate trial, as the BBC reported at the time.
“Save it for a book”
Though House Democrats never subpoenaed Bolton, he rejected the idea of testifying before Congress during the impeachment, Politico noted.
“When Bolton was asked, he refused, and said that he would sue the House if he was subpoenaed,” Schiff said in a statement Thursday, according to Breitbart.
He went on to assert that the Republican-led Senate “blocked Bolton’s testimony during the Senate trial to protect Trump,” leading to a House request for a written statement from Bolton prior to the conclusion of the trial.
“He refused, again, and decided to save it for a book,” the congressman said, according to Breitbart.
In light of the information contained in the memoir, Schiff and others in his party believe there could be sufficient grounds for a renewed investigation into the Trump administration. Other House leaders have also spoken out, including Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), who floated the possibility of subpoenaing Bolton, The Hill noted.
“We will continue to hold Trump accountable, and work to expose his abuses and corruption,” Schiff said. “In the coming days, we will be consulting with the Speaker and other chairs on next steps.”
“A persistent pattern”
Among the other early leaks from Bolton’s memoir is a claim that Trump sought help from Chinese President Xi Jinping with his re-election by importing more from American farmers. If true, Schiff argued that it conforms with his party’s prior assertions about the president.
“If these new allegations are accurate, it is further proof that Trump’s coercion of Ukraine, for which he was impeached, is part of a persistent pattern by Trump of abusing his position and misusing the powers of the U.S. government to seek personal and political benefits from foreign governments,” he said, according to Breitbart.
After devoting so much of Trump’s first term to pursuing investigations against him, Schiff and other Democratic lawmakers are making it clear that they are still pushing for more. When will the witch hunt end?