The former national security adviser is a “traitor who damaged America,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. John Bolton is one very unpopular man in Washington right now.
On Thursday evening, June 18, Pompeo made a statement, “I’ve not read the book, but from the excerpts I’ve seen published, John Bolton is spreading a number of lies, fully spun half-truths, and outright falsehoods,” he said. “It is both sad and dangerous that John Bolton’s final public role is that of a traitor who damaged America by violating his sacred trust with its people.”
Excerpts from Bolton’s explosive memoir claims in his yet-to-be-released book titled, “The Room Where It Happened,” were released to the public on Wednesday, June 17.
Some of Bolton’s charges against President Trump include the president asking Chinese leader Xi Jinping to buy more farm products in an effort to bolster him in the next election, and giving help to a Turkish bank in the U.S. that was facing criminal charges, supposedly as a favor to the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Because the allegations made by Bolton were mostly centered around private conversations, they are impossible to prove.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin released a statement on Thursday, concurring with Pompeo, “John Bolton has put self-promotion ahead of the truth and of the interests of his country.”
President Trump pushed back on Bolton’s claims, and remarked that the book is “made up of lies and fake stories.”
Refuting the book
“Many of the ridiculous statements he attributes to me were never made, pure fiction,” the president tweeted on Thursday. And he added “Just trying to get even for firing him like the sick puppy he is!”
Several Republicans and Democrats have had a snipe at Bolton this week, reported Politico. Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) said Bolton is “somebody who thought he was being hired to be the commander in chief, and he wasn’t.” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he found it hard to take seriously “anyone who claims to have witnessed treason and obstruction of justice and tells about it in a book.”
“Every meeting I’ve been in with John Bolton, he views himself as the smartest person in the room,” added Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), the No. 3 GOP leader. “He thinks he should be president, speaker of the House, and chief justice of the Supreme Court all at the same time.”
Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, said Bolton was “not really” credible, reports CNN. “There’s clearly some animus here towards the President. I think that’s pretty apparent on both sides,” Hawley said. “I just think that there’s a lot of desire for publicity here. … I think you’ve got to take this with a grain of salt.”
“Bolton may be an author, but he’s no patriot,” tweeted House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, a California Democrat who led the House’s impeachment inquiry, adding that Bolton chose to not testify, and instead, “saved it for a book.”
The Justice Department has requested a hearing on Friday to stop the book’s release.
The work “still contains classified information,” the Justice Department wrote in the filing. “This means it contains instances of information that, if disclosed, reasonably could be expected to cause serious damage, or exceptionally grave damage, to the national security of the United States.”