John Bolton managed to alienate pro-Trump people by leaking to the media several months ago that he witnessed Donald Trump commit crimes in the Ukraine scandal. Bolton then managed to alienate anti-Trump people by refusing to testify during the impeachment process, because his tell-all book wasn’t ready for publication yet. Then after Bolton forfeited his leverage, the Trump regime managed to get Bolton’s book repeatedly deleted.
Now that everyone on both sides hates John Bolton, and no one is interested in buying his book, he’s finally decided to release it over the objection of the Trump regime. He’ll still make some money from the book, but probably not nearly as much as he could have made. So by doing the wrong thing, he cost himself. What’s remarkable is that Bolton’s press release today about the book reveals just how badly he blew it.
Bolton has announced that he witnessed Donald Trump doing a wide swath of inappropriate things which went way beyond the Ukraine scandal. Bolton didn’t specify what those things were, but considering Trump’s consistently corrupt and frequently psychotic nature, Bolton has probably been sitting on a mother lode of Trump dirt.
If John Bolton had simply testified back when he was supposed to, and he had used his testimony to reveal even half the things he saw Donald Trump do wrong, he could still have saved the other half for his book. But Bolton greedily did the wrong thing, and he blew it for himself. Now he’s trying to blame the House impeachment process for not being comprehensive enough. No really, the guy who refused to testify is now saying that not enough witnesses were called. Bolton is an idiot. No wonder everything he touches turns to crap.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report