House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff suggested on Sunday that a fresh new round of impeachment hearings may be directed at President Trump, and that former national security adviser John Bolton may be the driving force behind them.
Schiff said on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that although he hasn’t read Bolton’s book, “The Room Where It Happened,” his committee would be at it for new reasons to go after Trump and that they are hoping — again – to have Bolton testify.
“If you don’t act now, and you sort of wait to act and you wait to see what happens in November, is that too late?” NBC News anchor Chuck Todd asked. “If you believe he has done impeachable acts with the Chinese government, can you really wait until after the election to put Bolton under oath, to start the process?”
“I don’t think we should wait, if we conclude that there are important things he says that needs to be exposed to the public,” Schiff responded.
Schiff told Todd that the country is again in imminent danger. Just months ago, Schiff similarly warned that unless Trump were removed from office, Russians might invade the U.S. mainland.
“Exposure of this president’s conduct is the best way to protect this country,” Schiff said, adding that the president was “dealing away national security … in order to help himself.”
As Schiff spoke, posturing a big game, ABC News’ “This Week” aired a portion of its exclusive interview with Bolton, who outlined why he didn’t want to appear before Schiff-led proceedings.
“He didn’t want to be a part of the impeachment hearing” because “he thought it was too politicized and he wouldn’t make a difference … I pushed back on him several times,” ABC News’ Martha Raddatz said Sunday of his interview with Bolton.
Schiff and Bolton have previously exchanged words, indirectly, in recent days and months. As excerpts of Bolton’s book began leaking last week, Schiff slammed Bolton in no uncertain terms.
“Bolton’s staff were asked to testify before the House to Trump’s abuses, and did,” Schiff tweeted. “They had a lot to lose and showed real courage. When Bolton was asked, he refused, and said he’d sue if subpoenaed. Instead, he saved it for a book. Bolton may be an author, but he’s no patriot.”
From the “very outset of the proceedings in the House of Representatives,” Bolton writes in the book, “advocates for impeaching Trump on the Ukraine issue were committing impeachment malpractice.”
“They seemed governed more by their own political imperatives to move swiftly to vote on articles of impeachment in order to avoid interfering with the Democratic presidential nomination schedule than in completing a comprehensive investigation.”
Trump rival Joe Biden, meanwhile, tweeted about believing Bolton’s accounts even though Biden in the past has slammed Bolton as a liar.
Bolton himself had admitted in the past that he would be more than willing to lie if he felt it was in the nation’s best interest.
“If I had to say something I knew was false to protect American national security, I would do it,” Bolton said in an interview with Fox Business in 2010.