In a pair of white-hot tweets Wednesday morning, President Trump slammed John Bolton over the recent leak of details from his forthcoming book that complicated the president's ongoing impeachment trial -- and needled his former national security adviser over his notoriously hawkish reputation on foreign policy.
....many more mistakes of judgement, gets fired because frankly, if I listened to him, we would be in World War Six by now, and goes out and IMMEDIATELY writes a nasty & untrue book. All Classified National Security. Who would do this?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2020
Bolton has also said that he would testify in front of the Senate if he was subpoenaed. This would likely cause a bitter court battle if the White House decided to block his testimony.
Trump's comments come after a New York Times report earlier this week said Bolton wrote in his book that Trump linked aid for Ukraine to his request for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate 2020 rival Joe Biden and his family for corruption. Those developments are at the heart of the impeachment trial.
Democrats have said that connection was an abuse of power aimed at boosting Trump's reelection prospects. Trump's defense team has said that there was no such connection, and even if there was, Trump had good reason to think the Bidens should have been investigated for corruption and that such a "quid pro quo" is common in U.S. foreign policy.
A handful of moderate Republican senators, including Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Mitt Romney, R-Utah and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, have expressed interest in hearing from witnesses in the impeachment trial -- and especially Bolton, after the book leak -- to the chagrin of Trump and GOP leadership. Democrats would need four GOP defections to call witnesses.