House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday, June 18, blasted President Donald Trump as “ethically” and “intellectually” unfit to lead the country.
“President Trump is clearly ethically unfit and intellectually unprepared to be the president of the United States,” Pelosi said during a press conference.
“That doesn’t seem to matter to the Republicans in the United States Senate. It didn’t seem to matter to John Bolton,” she added, referring to the former White House national security adviser who the day before released excerpts of his forthcoming book containing a string of allegations against the president. “He chose loyalty over patriotism and so is going to make money off his book, I guess.”
Bolton refused to testify before the House during its impeachment inquiry against President Trump, instead threatening to sue the House if he was subpoenaed.
House Intelligence Committee chairman and ex-impeachment manager Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said he will consult with Pelosi and other chairmen on “next steps” regarding allegations raised in Bolton’s forthcoming memoir.
“We will continue to hold Trump accountable, and work to expose his abuses and corruption. In the coming days, we will be consulting with the Speaker and other chairs on next steps,” Schiff said in a statement released Thursday.
“Notwithstanding John Bolton’s self-serving silence during the impeachment investigation, the allegations he raises are very serious,” Schiff wrote. “They further demonstrate what we proved at trial, not only regarding his Ukraine misconduct, but more consequentially that he has a pattern and practice of abusing his power for personal and political gain.”
Bolton alleged that President Trump pleaded with Chinese dictator Xi Jinping to help him win the 2020 election and that the president explicitly conditioned aid to Ukraine on investigations involving former Vice President Joe Biden.
“Had Democratic impeachment advocates not been so obsessed with their Ukraine blitzkrieg in 2019, had they taken the time to inquire more systematically about Trump’s behavior across his entire foreign policy, the impeachment outcome might well have been different,” Bolton wrote.
Bolton’s allegations raised more questions about his credibility at an August 2019 interview, during which he discussed Ukraine policy, contradicting his account. The video showed that the then-national security adviser made no mention of any misconducts of the president and acknowledged that combating “corruption” in Ukraine was a “high priority” for the Trump administration.
GAME OVER! pic.twitter.com/yvMa6bPqfy
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2020
President Trump slammed Bolton’s upcoming book as “pure fiction” and said his former national security adviser is “trying to get even” after he was fired.
Bolton’s book, which is getting terrible reviews, is a compilation of lies and made up stories, all intended to make me look bad. Many of the ridiculous statements he attributes to me were never made, pure fiction. Just trying to get even for firing him like the sick puppy he is!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2020
“I view him as a disgruntled employee. Very unhappy. Hated to leave,” President Trump said during an interview with the Wall Street Journal. “He had a lot of policy disputes, he and I.”
“That’s when I lost him,” the president added, referencing Bolton’s defense of the U.S. invasion into Iraq. “But no, I disagreed with much of the stuff he said. He was one of many people. I liked listening to many people, and then doing whatever is the right thing to do.”