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Schiff: Bolton's 'Concerns Gave Way to a $2M Book Offer'

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By    |   Thursday, 18 June 2020 11:51 AM

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, one of the leaders of President Donald Trump's impeachment proceedings, said he doesn't think Democrats should have pushed former National Security Adviser John Bolton to testify, but at the same time, it says a lot about his character that he'd hold back what he knew for a book. 

"Bolton made it clear that if we subpoenaed him that he would sue us and tie us up in court," the California Democrat said on "CBS This Morning." "Bolton's argument was essentially, no, that it would potentially impede on the president, that it would violate potentially his constitutional duty." 

But, Schiff added, "apparently those concerns gave way to a $2 million book offer." 

Nobody will ever know if Bolton's testimony would have made a significant difference in the impeachment proceedings, but it could have if it led to further evidence and witnesses, the chairman said. 

Schiff said that he's only seen excerpts of Bolton's book and doesn't plan to buy a copy and add to the former NSA's royalties for it. But he does think the publication should be taken seriously "because the allegations in it are so consistent with other evidence against Trump." 

"The portrait it paints of the president is one that we know to be all too true," said Schiff. "[He is] somebody who puts his own personal interests above the national interest. That will be a continuing danger to the country over the next several months until the election."

Schiff added that there should be serious questions about Bolton's patriotism in withholding information from the impeachment proceedings, "but that doesn't necessarily detract from the seriousness of what he alleges against the president."

Schiff said he'll discuss with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and his fellow House chairs whether to use the book in further investigations into Trump. He finds it "stunningly disingenuous" for Bolton to argue that Trump's impeachment should not have only focused on Ukraine. 

"How were we going to investigate it if he refused to testify?" said Schiff. "Bolton only has himself to blame."

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