After months of the Democrats behaving as if John Bolton’s testimony would have somehow been the nail-in-the-coffin in President Trump’s impeachment trial, the former national security adviser finally broke his silence to disabuse people of that notion.
Speaking at Vanderbilt University this week, Bolton said that impeachment efforts against Trump were “grossly partisan,” while clarifying that his testimony would not have altered the president’s acquittal in the Senate.
“Bolton contended that the House ‘committed impeachment malpractice,’ drawing some grumbling from the audience, saying ‘the process drove Republicans who might have voted for impeachment away because it was so partisan,'” reports the Associated Press.
Prior to the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, The New York Times reported on a leaked manuscript of Bolton’s book about his time working in the Trump administration. In the book, Bolton reportedly alleged that President Trump told him to freeze the $391 million in military aid to Ukraine until officials agreed to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s corruption and 2016 election meddling. The leak prompted Senate Democrats to demand that Bolton be called to testify in the impeachment trial, which Republicans blocked from happening. Though Bolton said he did not expect to have his testimony stopped, he ultimately believed it would have made no difference.