Former national security adviser John Bolton alleges in his new book, The Room Where It Happened, that President Donald Trump was engaged in both illegal and impeachable conduct with countries other than Ukraine, according to sources who spoke with Axios:
“In a memoir coming June 23 that the White House has tried to delay, former national security adviser Bolton will offer multiple revelations about Trump’s conduct in office, with direct quotes by the president and senior officials, according to a source familiar with the book.”
The source did not reveal what other countries may be named in Bolton’s book, which includes a harsh rebuke of the president in the prologue:
Trump directed “the seizure and withholding of my advisers’ personal and other unclassified documents” while also making “outright threats of censorship.”
“His reaction thus ranged from the mean-spirited to the constitutionally impermissible.”
The White House is reportedly terrified of what all Bolton — who is a voluminous note taker — may include in his memoir:
“People close to Trump have been worried about the book because Bolton was known as the most prolific note taker in high-level meetings.”
And the book’s publication also comes at a time when the president is politically vulnerable, behind to his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, by as many as 14 points in recent polls and predicted to lose key battleground states such as Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. One election model even suggests that Biden will rack up 331 electoral votes. 270 are needed to win the presidency.
Since Bolton left the administration, Trump has repeatedly attacked him on Twitter:
Why didn’t John Bolton complain about this “nonsense” a long time ago, when he was very publicly terminated. He said, not that it matters, NOTHING!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2020
Whatever the book reveals, it’s safe to assume it won’t be helpful to the president.
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