John Bolton has been playing games for the past week about testifying to the House impeachment inquiry about Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal. Will he? Won’t he? Why is he being so coy about it? It’s not hard to parse at least one of the reasons he’s been stalling, and let’s just say that he got what he wanted.
Over the weekend, John Bolton finally managed to ink his long rumored tell-all book deal about his time in the Donald Trump regime. The book is expected to sell particularly well, as people on the far-right are fans of Bolton in general, and the rest of us just want to read whatever dirt about Trump that Bolton might cough up.
So what does this have to do with Bolton’s testimony? You’d have to ask him. He keeps leaking to the media that he wants to wait for a judge to rule that a former Trump regime official must testify, so he can use that ruling as guidance when it comes to his own testimony.
But with so many Trump regime officials having already testified, it’s far from clear as to why John Bolton would need legal protection, and it’s raised the question of whether he’s just been stalling. Now that he’s finally landed his book deal and ensured that he’ll get his millions, we’ll see if clearing this stumbling block ends up being enough to get Bolton to finally agree to testify. After all, his testimony will do wonders for preorders of his book.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report