(Tea Party PAC) – John Bolton, when he still served as national security adviser, strongly advocated for President Donald Trump to revoke the security clearance of one John O. Brennan, famed Deep Stater, former CIA director, and accused architect of the Spygate scandal.
Now, Bolton is facing the same thing after his pathetic stunt involving book leaks from his forthcoming tell-all.
Back then, Bolton had accused Brennan of “politicizing intelligence” during and after his time in the Obama administration, which he declared was a “very dangerous thing to do.”
“If there is any kind of misconduct, I think there are lots of grounds to have your security clearance revoked for behavior that calls into question your ability to hold the material in confidence,” Bolton told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz. “…For me, the issue is whether he abused information that he attained while he was director of the CIA or he may have attained erroneously or incorrectly after he left.”
Now, Real Clear Politics reports, the tables have turned on the famed neocon war hawk:
Bolton left the White House in September 2019 in a public eruption of vitriol on both sides over the terms of his departure. He said he resigned; Trump says he fired the longtime national security hawk over foreign policy differences. More recently, Trump has accusing Bolton of trying to entangle the U.S. in multiple additional wars instead of ending them as the president had promised voters in 2016 he would do.
Bolton now faces the wrath of not just Trump but his legions of loyalists for volunteering to testify against the president in the impeachment trial, thus bolstering Democrats’ arguments that the president threatened Ukraine’s president with a quid pro quo over U.S. aid to extract a commitment to investigate Joe Biden and his son’s dealings in that country.
Seeing his security clearance revoked is an almost certainty for Bolton once the impeachment trial is over, according to two government officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, as well as legal experts – all of whom say Bolton could face additional fallout for his role in the impeachment drama this week.
Several media outlets have reported that the irascible veteran national security official circulated a draft manuscript of the book containing the quid pro quo arguments to close associates before delivering it to the White House Records Management Directorate for pre-publication review, as required, and could face criminal prosecution if proof he did so surfaces.
Bolton claimed in a statement after the leaks of his book excerpts that “there was absolutely no coordination with the New York Times or anyone else regarding the appearance of information about this book.”
The leaks just so happen to have come out, however, in the middle of the partisan impeachment trial taking place in the Senate, as they involve an August conversation Trump is alleged to have had with Bolton during which he told him he wanted to withhold millions in aid to Ukraine until they agreed to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden’s relationship to the country and the corrupt oil and gas giant, Burisma Holdings.
Trump hit back hard, declaring that Bolton was “fired because frankly, if I listened to him, we’d be in World War Six by now.”
He also explained that the former NSA had “begged” for a non-Senate approved job and then, after being dismissed, “IMMEDIATELY [wrote] a nasty & untrue book.”
“All Classified National Security. Who would do this?” Trump concluded.
This is definitely someone who should not have a security clearance.