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Does Bolton Change the Trajectory of Impeachment?

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Does Bolton Change the Trajectory of Impeachment?

Does Bolton Change the Trajectory of Impeachment?
January 29
17:21 2020

While Republicans are addressing the issue of impeachment of President Trump within the Senate Chamber, Democrats – knowing they will lose the final vote – are concentrating on the court-of-public opinion.  They and the east coast media are prosecuting the case with an eye on the 2020 Presidential Election.

Ever since a partisan Democrat majority in the House passed the Articles of Impeachment, the Democrat/news media combine has undertaken a very carefully conducted strategy of periodic leaks to make it appear that the case against Trump is much more convincing than the evidence upon which they based the impeachment.

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These strategically timed leaks are not the result of an organic flow of information.  Much of the information has been previously known or assumed — but released in a carefully crafted timing.  With the help of the press, the Democrats describe each new bit of information as substantively changing the case – a “smoking gun,” as it were.  In fact, most of the so-called evidence is only the same old information from another source.  The fundamental facts of the case have not changed.

For several weeks, former National Security Advisor John Bolton has been described as a necessary key figure – the possessor of that sought-after “smoking gun.”  They described him as the ONE fact-witness with direct knowledge who could confirm all the Democrats’ suspicions and accusations and give credibility to the articles of impeachment.

Ironically, the importance they place on Bolton suggests a recognized weakness of all those other witnesses and documentation.  The case against Trump that the House sent to the Senate is not overwhelming or convincing.  With little hope of convincing the Senate to boot Trump out of the Oval Office, Democrats hoped to at least convince the public – and this apparently is not happening.

So, what is important – or even potentially interesting – in Bolton’s information, whether from his upcoming book as described by the New York Times or any eventual testimony?  Despite the Times story, we are yet to hear from the horse’s mouth, as they say.

For Bolton, his testimony – whether in the trial or in public – is problematic.  He has been an icon of the conservative movement.  He especially appeals to the more hawkish faction of the right-wing.  Conversely, he has been a constant target of progressive wrath.

Should his testimony give any aid, comfort or support to the impeachment-rabid Democrats, he will lose his standing in the conservative movement.  His fall from grace would have a significant impact on his future in politics, the power of his Political Action Committee and his consulting business.  Even his book sales will suffer.  Any liberal purchases would fall short of the rejection by conservatives.  He would be forced into the shadows of political relevancy – as has been the case of conservative radio talk show host Joe Walsh, right-wing gadfly Bill Kristol and columnist George Will.

From the spin in the reports in the Times, that seems to be the direction into which Bolton is heading – the reflections of a bitter man who lost first in influence in the Trump White House and then his job altogether.

But that may not be the case.  After all, Democrats and the left-wing press have developed a history of having their anti-Trump spin unspun by latter revelations—the most notable example being the left’s predictions about the outcome of the Robert Mueller investigation.

I, for one, am withholding my assessment of Bolton’s comments and observations until I actually hear them – and not as filtered through the east coast media spin machine.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. RandyH
    RandyH January 30, 19:41

    Familiar Democrat trick using hearsay as unverified facts. Bolton fervor over a New York Times article about what they say Bolton says in his manuscript that someone leaked parts of to them. GOP Senators should openly reject this and the ongoing accusations nonsense it will spawn.

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