Another Carefully Timed National Security Council Leak? – John Bolton Book Manuscript Leaked to New York Times…

The timing, purpose and narrative engineering here are transparent in the extreme.

Tonight the New York Times (Schmidt and Haberman) write an article claiming to have exclusively gained portions of a transcript of a John Bolton book manuscript that was given to the White House National Security Council for pre-publication review.

Of course The Times attempts to frame the narrative around the need for John Bolton to testify in the Senate Impeachment Trial… all too transparent in motive. Timed to work around the House fraud; impeachment article construction without Judicial review for subpoenas; and timed to bolster House managers’ unconstitutional demand for Bolton as a Senate witness.  ADD: POTUS Responds:

However, setting aside the nothing-burger details of the book as leaked, the leak itself might now reconcile an earlier event.

Remember the issue a little more than a week ago when the National Security Council senior director for European and Russian affairs, Andrew Peek, was escorted from the White House grounds and is said to be under a security-related investigation?

On Friday January 17th, 2020, the National Security Council senior director for European and Russian affairs, Andrew Peek, was escorted from the White House grounds and is currently under a security investigation.

There are few details about why Peek was physically removed and is under a very serious investigation; however, some of Andrew Peek’s professional background details tell a story.  The connection to Gen. John Allen is a MASSIVE warning flare.

Andrew Peek, the senior director for European and Russian affairs at the National Security Council, has been placed on administrative leave pending a security-related investigation, people familiar with the situation tell Axios.

First the Daily Mail:

[…] Peek had been in the NSC role for just two months, after most recently working as a deputy assistant secretary of state with responsibility for Iran and Iraq.

[…] Peek had been expected to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland next week with Trump and other top aides. However, he is currently on leave pending a security-related investigation, people familiar with the situation told Axios.

[…] Peek served as a U.S. Army intelligence officer who worked under General John Allen in Afghanistan.

[…] Prior to joining the Trump administration, Peek served as a U.S. Army intelligence officer who worked under General John Allen in Afghanistan.

[…] He was also a national security adviser to Senator Gordon Smith, an Oregon Republican, and Senator Mike Johanns, a Nebraska Republican.  (link)

From a Bloomberg article:

[…] Peek previously served as a deputy assistant secretary of State for Iraq and Iran, and he was seen as an ally of Robert O’Brien.

As we shared at the time:…

[…] Andrew Peek came from the State Department.  Because the appointment happened in the past two months, it would appear Andrew Peek was recommended by the Dept. of State and accepted for the NSC post by National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien.

Here’s how it looks:  Andrew Peek was a mole.  A resistance spy sent into the Trump administration as part of the allied deep state resistance effort.  Someone caught him attempting to access something, and here’s how CTH can tell (keep reading).

Suspicious Cat remains suspicious…

The message from Bolton’s publisher:

The House motive here, the forethought within the design, is very important now because it explains why they are vociferously demanding witnesses in the Senate.  The House plan was always to work around the ability of the executive branch to go to court. The managers are now attempting to execute that plan, along with a manufactured political talking point, in the Senate trial.

The House crew intended for this to unfold exactly as it is happening.

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484 Responses to Another Carefully Timed National Security Council Leak? – John Bolton Book Manuscript Leaked to New York Times…

  1. jonhabart says:

    “The leaks are real, the news is fake”

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    • Bill Durham says:

      I completely forgot about Peek!!! SD is pure genius. Now is Bolton a piece of sh1t or was this another leak trap? This is kavanaugh all over again! I am worried, but then again I doubt Trump would ever confide in Bolton. He was using Rudy as the point man on this. And POTUS relationship with Bolton was over by the Ukraine call.

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      • Lester Smith says:

        daily hits are starting.weather a dud or bomb leaks will give cover for republican senators to vote for witnesses. The dems are guided by the hands of evil. Now will republicans bring in the Bidens?

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      • Dutchman says:

        According to Sundances article, there was NOTHING in the book exerpts which is negative for PDJT, if I read correctly.

        So,I don’t think you can call Bolton a POS, at least not yet and on this ‘matter’.
        He wrote a book. As is SOP for a former Ntl. Sec. Advisor, he submitted transcript for review.

        If SD is right, Peek got a peek at the manuscript, copied some tidbits, and leaked them.

        Bolton had no responsibilty in this. He wrote a book. Assuming Peek saw the whole manuscript, and the parts he leaked aren’t harmful to PDJT, we can assume if there WAS anything harmful to PDJT, Peek would have leaked THAT.

        Ergo, there us NOTHING in Boltons book that,is harmful. I don’t think Boltons testimony would be any more harmful to PDJT than Mulvaneys, and I think the Dems KNOW it.

        They also know the WH Council etc will say PDJT HAS,to exert and agressively defend Executive Priviledge, when it involves the POTUS CoS, or Natl. Sec Advisor, and thats what they are counting on.

        Put plainly, they don’t WANT the testimony, they want to accuse the,POTUS of blocking the testimony to cover up.

        Same with 6e Grand Jury testimony.
        They don’t want the material, they want to portray DJT’s DOJ of blocking their access to the testimony.

        Same with the phone call. It is HIGHLY unusual to break precedent and release head of state to POTUS phone call transcript; they didn’t think PDJT would,DO it, cause it also could concern other heads of State that their words would be made public.

        The way to counter this tactic of Dems, when possible, is to give them what they purport to be asking for, derailing their Obstruction accusation.

        PDJT DID this, with Mueller, giving everything requested. But, he HAS to protect Exec priviledge, and DOJ HAS to protect 6e.

        And now I FINALLY get what Sundance has been saying all along.

        The House not voting to authorise an impeachment, and therefore making all subpoenas invalid, was NOT a flaw, it was a FEATURE of their plan.

        They KNEW and INTENDED for their subpoenas to be legally invalid, knew WH would not comply, SO THAT they could charge Obstruction of a Congressional investigation.

        However, now that I finally (Doh!) ‘Get it’,….I STILL don’t see how it can possibly WORK.

        Just as Schiff insulted the jury, the House Dems are yet again insulting the American electorate, thinking we are too stupid to see what they are doing.

        It won’t work.

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        • Ray Runge says:

          + Like. Button will not work

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        • Big Jake says:

          Perhaps this is a honey trap.

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        • Big Jake says:

          Perhaps this is a honey trap.

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        • MD says:

          Every play in their playbook has the same underlying thread. Use or fabricate a story through the news media to create a narrative and shape public opinion. The main ingredient in all of this stuff is the media spin. It used to work every time, now it never works because the media has been caught lying constantly and is not trusted. The democrats still don’t get it.

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          • Dutchman says:

            Yup, and its not Just Media, or even media and Dems.

            With ALL his domestic enemies, PDJT seems to have a pattern of effect;
            EXPOSE and Discredit.

            PreTrump, the Dems weren’t avowed Conmunists, but they have exposed themselves, and been discredited.
            And the media, ditto.
            And the NeverTrumpers,…
            And the Rinos,….
            And McConnell,….
            And Lindsey,…..
            And Union leadership, vs rank and file…..

            And,….?

            And, well you get the idea,…

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          • Rhi says:

            Pelosi named it the “wrap up smear”. Same playbook.

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        • Ackman419 says:

          They were hoping on getting some Rep Senators to vote their way.
          That’s about all they had as an endgame.
          It’s possible, but not very likely.
          Plus they get to smear and muddy PDJT going into election year.

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        • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

          Bolton had no responsibilty in this. He wrote a book.

          Maybe not with the leak but…
          Bolton suddenly publicly VOLUNTEERS to testify to Senate after flat refusal to the House?
          That’s all on Johnny-Boy.
          Not only that….
          Dems plead to break the golden rules of prosecution by wanting him to testify?
          Never ask a question you don’t already know the answer.
          Never put a witness on if you don’t know what he’ll say.

          I don’t trust this guy at all. Big ego and never met a war he didn’t like.
          Schiff-level “Russia” obsession.

          He is philosophically and strategically aligned with all of Schiff’s witness…
          but they were all nobodies with assumptions, presumptions and hearsay.
          Bolton is an R like minded with RINOs, SSCI, and neocons…
          And a well known quantity that R’s would believe.
          A somebody.

          If Rs cave to let Bolton testify and not allow testimony on Bidens
          could really muck things up.
          ANOTHER he said, he said.
          (Remember these big egos fighting over the method of Bolton’s departure:
          Trump says he fired Bolton. Bolton says he quit.)
          Especially If he testifies (truthfully or not) that he was a direct witness to Trump tying aid to investigations like the NYT reports……

          Excerpt from NYT :
          “Key to Mr. Bolton’s account about Ukraine is an exchange during a meeting in August with the president after Mr. Trump returned from vacation at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. Mr. Bolton raised the $391 million in congressionally appropriated assistance to Ukraine
          ……
          He, Mr. Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper had collectively pressed the president about releasing the aid nearly a dozen times in the preceding weeks after lower-level officials who worked on Ukraine issues began complaining about the holdup, Mr. Bolton wrote. Mr. Trump had effectively rebuffed them, airing his longstanding grievances about Ukraine, which mixed legitimate efforts by some Ukrainians to back his Democratic 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton, with unsupported accusations and outright conspiracy theories about the country, a key American ally.

          …In his August 2019 discussion with Mr. Bolton, the president appeared focused on the theories Mr. Giuliani had shared with him, replying to Mr. Bolton’s question that he preferred sending no assistance to Ukraine until officials had turned over all materials they had about the Russia investigation that related Mr. Biden and supporters of Mrs. Clinton in Ukraine”

          Bolton gives the Dems 2 possible narratives
          1) Bolton testifies at trial that he was direct witness that Trump had a quid pro quo
          or
          2) Bolton doesn’t testify,releases his book AFTER saying the same thing and gives Dems narrative that Senate Trial was incomplete/covered up.
          Wounding Trump and aid to flip Senate

          We’ll see if Trump’s lawyers address Bolton today and by week’s end whether RINOs cave to witnesses.

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          • Bill Durham says:

            Mitt Romney has been officially activated by the uniparty. He is calling for Bolton to testify and then brushes off any additional witnesses. Paraphrase- John Bolton needs to testify. Whether we need other witnesses is a decision for a later date if necessary. Yep. They seem to be trying to set up POTUS. Bolton delivers the quid pro quo money shot and they deny POTUS witnesses. Here is another theory. They deny witnesses and acquit witnesses. The house restarts another inquiry and go to court to get Bolton pompeo mulvaney. So they drag impeachment thru the courts right up until election. I never thought the uniparty would have the ball to try this move to get Trump and save Biden.

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            • prtomr says:

              McConnell won’t go for this.

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              • OlderAndWiser says:

                Agree that McConnell will not go for this.
                I think what Romney is playing for is the public angle. The Senate acquits PDJT. The House then says that we need witnesses, and then restarts the investigation – Romney and others giving support to the SECOND impeachment.
                These guys are true bastards.

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          • OlderAndWiser says:

            I posted this in reply to another comment below.
            If all they have is that the President “…PREFERRED sending no assistance…” then they have nothing.
            EVEN if he PREFERRED sending no assistance, it doesn’t mean he WANTED TO/ORDERED no assistance. There are many times I would prefer to do something, but other considerations guide my actions to not do it.
            And EVEN if DID ORDER it, his actions ARE ENTIRELY LEGAL SINCE HE WANTED TO ROOT OUT CORRUPTION, and the USA and Ukraine have an anti-corruption treaty.

            I’m not a lawyer, and even I can blast holes through this one.
            The President’s lawyers should have a lot of fun with this.

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          • OlderAndWiser says:

            Should have added that my arguments support the notion that this is a leak trap.

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            • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

              So Bolton’s in on it?

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              • OlderAndWiser says:

                Not necessarily. But other staffers at the NSC/WH knew this would be leaked so they kept a close eye on it.
                There is a Tom Clancy book (don’t remember which one) in which a Congressman of the opposite party trashes the President publicly, but then does spy work for the government. That passage has never left me. It is always possible that the “dust up” between the President and Bolton was a public ruse to allow Bolton to do some spy work. I’m sure there are at least a few of these types around. How likely is it? I have no idea.

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          • Dutchman says:

            I beg to disagree with your statement that Bolton is phylosophically and strategically aligned with ALL of Schiffs witnesses.

            I remind you of the “Trump delay”; always wait 2 days, 2 weeks, 2 YEARS (in the case of Mueller) for the full story, or counterpunch, in any news story involving PDJT.

            Heres a possible scenario, as an example of why;
            In my earlier comments, I said the Dems are asking for things they don’t really want, and KNOW they won’t get, in order to create the appearance of obstruction; its a STRATEGY.

            And, when possible the way to counter this strategy is to ‘give’ them what they purport to seek. They don’t expect it, it doesn’t help their case, and it destroys their case of Obstruction.

            As an example, they NEVER thought PDJT would release the transcripts of the calls.

            PDJT said of Bolton, after firing him;
            I always got along fine with John, it was my staff that had problems with him.”
            And what ‘staff’ would that be? Why the Natl. Security Council Staff, presumably. People like Vindman twin, whistleblower, etc.

            Anyone familiar with PDJT ‘s role in the campaign controversy of DJT’s tax returns and the NYT can guess where I am going.

            PDJT is PUNKING the,Dems, on a GRAND scale; he,FIRES Bolton. Dems figure Bolton as a disgruntled Natl. Sec. Advisor will have dirt, and subpoena him to testify in House, which WH blocks (Exec priv).

            Bolton pens a book, saying in part Trump said withhold aid from Ukraine, unless they investigate Biden corruption. Something that, depending on the wording and context is not only LEGAL, but something POTUS is required by statute to do.
            Bolton send manuscript for clearance, knowing it will go to Vindman and Peek (leak trap).

            POSSIBLY PDJT waives Executive priviledge, and ‘allows’ Bolton to testify, and he DEVASTATES their case.
            Its a THEORY. I understand many have a rabid, almost TDS – like reaction to Bolton, however I point to PDJT’s comments on Bolton, post firing and prior to this latest (POSSIBLY contrived) dust up, AND Boltons history. War monger, yes. Liberal? NO.
            He may have set and sprung a leak trap, and even possibly be playing a key role in the greatest punk yet.

            Lets see what happens,….

            Oh, and they have,already said that IF the Senate votes to hear witnesses, ALL witnesses will be deposed, PRIOR to testifying.

            That means there will be NO “Surprise” p.mason type testimony. BOTH sides will know what every witness will say, and can prepare questions to try to flesh out or impeach their testimony, just like in a criminal trial.

            So, just my humble opinion; I don’t think witness testimony HURTS PDJT’s case, may HELP IT but he doesn’t NEED it.
            Witnesses DO NOT help Dems case, and may well HURT it.
            And this applies to testimony by Bolton and Mulvaney.
            I am currently doubting the Senate WILL vote to hear witnesses, cause no Senators want this Senate trial to go on for months, I THINK.

            And, its just possible PDJT is using Bolton to punk the Dems.

            Anyway, while we obviously can express our opinions, that caution on “Trump-delay” has constantly proved valid. We are now in the middle of this,story on Bolton, lets see how it plays out?

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            • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

              So Bolton’s a player in a grand scheme?
              Would be epic.

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              • Dutchman says:

                Oh, he’s definetly a “player”, we just don’t know yet, which SIDE he is playing for.
                As I said, its JUST a theory, at this point, we’ll have to see how it plays out.
                It IS just the kind of manuever PDJT is capable of, however. Perhaps call it the “testimony trap”?
                Epic indeed!

                One thing I am not clear on; the President (PDJT) “waived” Executive priviledge, and in fact ALL “Priviledges” in order to fully cooperate with Mueller investigation.

                This prevented them from being able to accuse him of Obstruction.

                If that didn’t set a precedent, and thereby threaten seperation of Powers, ….than WHY would waiveng Executive Priviledge, and allowing Mulvaney and Bolton to Testify cause such harm?

                I suppose maybe because Mueller was technically “Executive branch” whereas Bolton/Mulvaney is Legislative? Guess I answered my own question.

                Anyway, lets see how this plays out, and I could be all wrong on my theory.

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                • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

                  Few follow-ups…

                  Executive privilege is exactly that….
                  a prerogative that is at the discretion of the President to invoke or not to.

                  Mueller, Mulvaney and Boltan are/were all Executive Branch.

                  In his interview with Byron York, John Dowd explained why Trump waived executive privilege with his staff before Mueller.
                  It wasn’t about “obstruction”

                  Short version: They thought Trump Russia collusion was typical political swamp b.s, Mueller would discover there was nothing to it and would end his investigation by DEC 2017.
                  They thought waiving E.P would help Mueller end quickly.
                  They didn’t realize it was a COUP and Mueller was in on it until early 2018.

                  BTW: Trump did not invoke EP on MUELLER HIMSELF. Both Trump and Barr said Mueller could testify before HJC/HPSCI. Yet it took 2 months of “negotiations” with Schiff/Nadler to get him to testify.

                  They could have just subpoenaed him and had him in a matter of a week.
                  But didn’t

                  DOJ (Barr) wouldn’t have fought the subpoena as he had already given permission.

                  Mueller had no standing to refuse a subpoena.
                  His only choice in response to one would have been comply or
                  Plead the Fifth.
                  No negotiations were necessary.
                  This is what proves Mueller was in cahoots with Schiff/Nadler.

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                • Dutchman says:

                  Yup, no arguments from me.

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      • suejeanne1 says:

        John Bolton is chickenshit

        I realize that is not ladylike of me to speak in that manner

        but he is – I repeat – chickenshit

        which as far as I know somewhat worthless

        as compared to bullshit

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        • 🍺Gunny66 says:

          Bullshit is actually at times……. fascinating……
          A good bullshitter is good at stories and is mostly humorous…..even though most of us can smell it a mile away….

          And you are spot on……..someone who is chickenshit wil stab you in the back and just lie to you for no other reason than them lacking the “guts” to face the truth in their own lives.

          This leak is just a very weak attempt to get witnesses to speak, lie about their testimony, and as stated …..attempt to create “Obstruction” charges against our President..

          Same tired, worn out, playbook……

          It’s done…over…..They got nothing…..

          Next…

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        • Patrick Healy says:

          Suejeanne1,
          Being the gentlemen that we are on the Tree, of course we excuse you.
          But . . . But being an ex keen gardener, I can assure you that hen droppings are among the finest fertilisers going!
          I know nothing about that guy with the wierd moustache however.

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    • sysconfig says:

      I believe as Rand Paul said it will all boil down to its either all witnesses or no witnesses.
      Most folx , except Deep Sate, despised Bolton and always suspected he was working against Trump. If he is allowed then IG Atkinson must be allowed, the one area Schiff can be hung to dry. The Dems know this, and its just theatrics as the conclusion of this is acquittal. If they can notwithstanding that make it appear its all onesided and thats what they have unbelievably tried to paint the Senate with the usual MSM help..thats is all they can do at most….The public has had enough of this..and their own DEM strategists have told them this.

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      • todayistheday99 says:

        Exactly: All Witness or No Witness. This ridiculous narrative of Bolton for Biden is absurd. So how about … we open pandora’s box … and get the trial of the millennium started.

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        • icthematrix says:

          The problem with witnesses is the R’s…they will go along with the concept of a vote on each witness, which will limit those the President would want to call. Biden’s? Nope, Miss L has already shot that down. Whistleblower? Nope, he must be protected mantra scares R’s. Etc and etc.

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    • Santiago 1314 says:

      Same playbook as Kavanaugh… Hope Collins is just as Strong on this one.!!!

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  2. Linda K. says:

    Sundance, you are really smart.

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  3. Zimbalistjunior says:

    So are we saying this was a leak trap?

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    • vikingmom says:

      As in, the info leaked to the Times was not actually in Bolton’s book? What would be the purpose of that?

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      • Sherri Young says:

        It would be a great way to find out who was leaking at NSC. Alexander Vindman’s identical twin brother has responsibility for checking manuscripts for inadvertent classified content. If Bolton had an unflattering bit in the draft manuscript, it would easy to find out if one of the Vindman boys was a leaker. LTC Vindman made it clear that those two pretty much share everything.

        It would also be easy to remove the tidbit before publication if it was nothing beyond a leak trap.

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        • vikingmom says:

          Understood but it seems like a really risky way to catch a leaker unless the whole plot is going to be revealed during the Senate trial this week, in a VERY public manner, including the arrest of the leaker…otherwise. how many people will simply believe that John Bolton has “dirt” on President Trump (because that’s what the NYT is basically saying on their front page) and that the Senate Republicans refused to let Bolton testify because of it.

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          • Sherri Young says:

            I definitely hope this is a leak trap. If the tale in Bolton’s manuscript is a leak trap, the leak would be an excellent way to narc out one or both of the Vindman boys right here at this crucial time.

            Bolton could have fueled the fire by making the remark that he would be willing to testify if a court decided he could. That statement would have energized the Vindmans if indeed either was prone to leaking.

            I never have liked Bolton. IMO, he never met a bomb he would not want dropped. However, he might not have been to fond of knowing there was a leaker in his department that he could not identify and root out.

            Don’t know. Just thoughts.

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            • Dutchman says:

              Also, while Bolton can be critisised for ‘neocon’or even ‘warmonger’ he definetly is NOT a liberal or globalist.

              He was having fun having a front row seat, watching PDJT slap the shiznit out of Merkel and Trudue in Canada.

              Hes in that ‘keys to the kingdom’picture, and has a BIG smile hiding behind that mustache.

              Told the U.N. he would be “standing on the dock, waving goodbye!” when they threatened to take U.N. out of America.
              Back when he was UN Ambassador, under Reagan.

              I really don’t think he would say anything that would hurt PDJT.
              The Dems don’t want him to testify, they want to allege coverup, by him not testifying.

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        • Dabigragu says:

          Interesting. Some say LTC Vindman’s brother was taken off that job a few months ago.

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      • Deception. Lies to tear down OUR duly elected President.

        WE didn’t bring us to this precipice, “they”, their puppets, enemedia, and the brainwashed otherwise unwashed masses of dimocrap sycophants have brought us to all this.

        It won’t end well, for “them”. Term Two will be EPIC.

        I won’t be stocking up on popcorn though, rather I will be stocking up on pitchforks, tar, feathers and the other things possibly necessary. It could get ugly. Very… ugly.

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      • old deplorable owl says:

        The cabal want Bolton’s testimony BADLY! Somebody likely offered mucho dinero for that manuscript. That “honorable” Lt. Colonel’s brother is one of the people who reviews them for NSC. Yevgeny Vindman likely left the manuscript where Peek could get access to it.
        The “trap” was built by the coup plotters, then the mortal genius, Peek, tested it by putting his foot in it! Don’t be surprised if Yevgeny is soon escorted out, too.

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    • mopar2016 says:

      Yeah it looks like Peek Took a leak.
      Why not, there’s no repercussions to worry about.

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    • mimbler says:

      No, I’ve heard about countless leak traps and nothing about leakers caught and prosecuted. Just conspiracy theories until you see prosecutions.

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    • I believe so. Peek leaks (pun intended) planted disinformation of the Bolton book leaked information. Would this be as other treepers have said, “book leak to sway votes for witnesses. Figuring Bolton is a bust witnesses would only favor PDJT and damage many dims.

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    • lftpm says:

      Yes, and an A-bomb on the Dems.

      Let’s imagine that Trump WANTS Bolton to testify. We might see the following:

      WH Counsel: Ambassador Bolton, was there widespread consensus in the IC and State Department that Ukraine was plagued with widespread corruption.

      Bolton: Absolutely.

      WHC: Was Burisma believed to be highly corrupt?

      Bolton: Yes.

      WHC: Ukraine was extremely poor. Who financed Burisma’s development?

      Bolton: A combination of US and EU taxpayers, and US and EU private investors.

      WHC: Are you aware that Hunter Biden was kicked out of the Navy for a positive drug test? Are you aware that Hunter Biden had been in and out of drug rehab several times before Burisma hired him? Are you aware that he had zero energy experience and zero knowledge about Ukraine when Burisma hired him at $50,000 to $83,000 per MONTH?

      B: Yes

      In your opinion was President Trump justified in seeking President Zelenskyy’s help in exposing Burisma’s employment of Hunter Biden?

      B: Of course. Burisma paid Hunter Biden’s company through money-laundering going to Latvia,then Cypress, then New York. Everybody knows that if Burisma payments to Hunter’s company were legit, the money would have been wired from Burisma’s Ukrainian bank account directly to Hunter’s NY account, not using two cutout intermediary companies. Everybody knew that Joe Biden controlled US aid to Ukraine, and he devised his son’s getting a kickback of US taxpayer money going there.

      WHC: So, whether or not President Trump might politically benefit from Ukraine’s investigating Hunter Biden’s employment by Burisma. he had a legitimate reason, to protect US taxpayers’ money from disappearing into a black hole of corruption?

      B: Yes.

      I think this is why some people claim Trump plays 3D chess. He WANTS Bolton to testify, he used the manuscript as a ruse to identify a NSC leaker, most likely Evgeny Vindman, and then he gets to compel testimony of the Bidens, Alexandra Chalupa, Nellie Ohr, Eric Ciaramella, Adam Schiff and Marie Yovanovitch, and he can get voluntary testimony from Rudy and several Ukrainian officials (See Chanel Rion’s OAN videos).

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    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      So are we saying this was a leak trap?

      I’m not seeing it….

      So in order to set the trap…
      Bolton quits (or is fired)
      Bolton writes book
      Bolton sends manuscript to WH for classification review
      Bolton then refuses to testify to House
      Bolton then VOLUNTEERS to testify to Senate
      House managers (and some RINOS) plead for Bolton testimony

      Peek sneaks peek
      Peek leaks
      Peek snagged in trap with shriek**
      **(Sorry…..had a Dr. Seuss thing going there for a minute)

      Seems an awful lot just to catch this little fish.
      When there’s much bigger ones to fry.

      I think the dude just maybe just got caught accessing a document he shouldn’t have.
      The cookies were all gone and he was covered in crumbs.

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  4. Tl Howard says:

    God, I hate them.

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  5. RJ says:

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  6. Something seems really suspicious here. Four months after being fired, Bolton has already written a book and the publisher has already submitted the manuscript for review? Bullshit! It takes longer than that just to get the deal put together to offer someone a book deal. Where is Paul Harvey when you need him. “And now. For the rest of the story!”

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  7. Linda K. says:

    Shoot them both and someone shave off John Bolton’s mustache. It really annoys me.

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  8. olddave48 says:

    I love me some leak trap , and the timing is impeccable!

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  9. JohnCasper says:

    Any man sick enough to want more and more Endless Wars, with all the deaths and lost limbs that go with it, is certainly not above stabbing President Trump in the back and with as rusty a knife as he can conjure up..

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  10. Hans says:

    It would be interesting.. the bait..salacious details of Trump conversation to hold up Ukraine aid.
    Bait so good if true would make the leaker a hero to the deep state…
    LOL…it like a running bait car sitting outside the county jail. Yet some crooks fall for it all the time. Sometimes one of the crooks says … I don’t know ..this sure was too easy.. the other says don’t worry people are stupid…
    If the story was a leak plant.. all MSM is going to look realy dumb.

    PDT has one problem…prove to US citizens…mainly Democrats that the news being pushed is fake. Maybe this is part of that plan.

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  11. justlizzyp says:

    The words “deus ex machina ” keep running through my head for some reason…

    Liked by 3 people

  12. Mari in SC says:

    If I were senator, this type of leak in an attempt to get me to vote to hear from witnesses would do the exact opposite.

    Liked by 6 people

  13. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “The timing, purpose and narrative engineering here are transparent in the extreme.”

    However, this is only apparent if you are not afflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome AND have a few brain cells capable of performing critical thinking skills (*)

    (*) playing computer games does not count

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  14. Gratias says:

    This news attack was prepared by Lawfare long ago. Trump cannot trust anyone. But my suppport and $ for America First are immovable. Not because President Donald J. Truman has turned me, a nobody, into a 401k wealthy person, but because getting out of the Paris Climate Accord was more than enough for me. We do not deserve this Man.

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    • meow4me2 says:

      Truman? Autocorrect playing games with you?

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    • Mary Morse says:

      Lawfare is media. Media delivers the well crafted message/narrative that its been fed.
      Who crafts the narrative? Public relations firms, owned by bigger PR firms like Burson-Marsteller, which is owned by UK PR giant WPP. They disguise themselves as lobbyists, but they are in fact mad men. They are on both sides of every scandal, tearing down and rebuilding for the deepest pockets. There is no downside for these firms.
      Stone and Manafort have been business partners for decades, and their firm was a subsidiary of the firms cited above…Black, Stone, Manafort, Kelly. Google their partners.

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  15. Ackman419 says:

    I’m gonna go with REAL embarrassing leak trap.
    Nobody has been able to get the drop on PDJT.
    He is always the one coming out on top.
    Plus, as much as I dislike Bolton, he’s no Amarosa.

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  16. maggiemoowho says:

    How convenient for Bolton to send this book over to the NSC in time for it to be leaked by that POS Peek. Bolton lies, he is a loser and a trader to the country. He lives to see American service men and women killed while fighting useless wars and he is sick and evil. Whoever is advising President Trump on who he should hire is out to destroy him, not sure how many bad hires it will take before the person is fired, but it’s getting a bit ridiculous. Someone in that WH needs to wake the hell up, start protecting Trump and weed out the rats.

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  17. Jorizabeth says:

    If Bolton had incriminating information, why didn’t he request to be a witness in the House? So now he has a book and parts have been leaked and the democrats want him to appear in the Senate hearings now. His book is about his vitriol toward Trump at being fired, no doubt. But why would their people leak antidotes in the book at all? I have been following this carefully, but my brain is about to burst. The likes of Beavis and Butthead. Help???

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    • Genie says:

      One theory is that he understood that the House subpoena was not a real subpoena; ignore it. Then he said he would testify in the Senate (perhaps because a Senate subpoena would be legit.)

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      • Jorizabeth says:

        Thanks, Genie.
        Ok, I’m going to take a stab at it! We know Democrats want to prolong this ordeal as in calling witnesses in the Senate this week. Bolton’s subpoened status would cause a microscopic view of everything about him which would take weeks and weeks. This seems the most direct explanation. He has nothing on Trump, but a multitude of witnesses would, as Maria B. said sometime in the last few days, take 5 months or more to hear.

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      • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

        Good thinking Genie.

        To add….
        Bolton would be much more damaging in the Senate when it counts.
        He’s a fellow Republican and he only has to convince 20 of his FRIENDS.

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  18. Jim in TN says:

    Trump’s White House is starting to sound like one of those spy dens. Like Spain in WWII, where every nation sent spies to spy on all the other spies.

    Just that these spies are from various political and government factions. Doesn’t matter how many groups get dispatched, Bannon, Priebus, Flynn, McMaster, there are always plenty of other factions left and lots more moving in.

    And to think the President actually gets anything done with all these traitors undermining him and each other.

    He truly is a miracle worker.

    And boy are there going to be a lot of sickening tell all books after the President finishes his 2nd term. Not to mention all the sickening tell all books from ousted factions.

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  19. Blind no Longer says:

    AWWWW Sundance! Putting the pieces together for us! Anybody with two half functioning brain cells could see this leak was perfectly timed for vote for witnesses!!
    The only question is, is John Bolton now part of the never Trump resistance, or part of a leak sting?

    It takes longer than 5 months to put a book together! If Bolton has turned traitor I will be deeply disappointed. Even though I didn’t agree with everything he did and some of his positions, I always thought he truly loved this country and had it’s best interests in his heart.

    Could be I am totally wrong about him and his love of country. Since President Trump, I have been shocked about many people I thought he could trust. President Trump’s election has revealed so very much about so many.

    Praying I’m not wrong about how much Bolton despises Dems!

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    • jello333 says:

      Yeah, as much as I can’t stand Bolton, he always struck me as a Liddy type… someone who would maintain “loyalty” no matter what, torture, whatever.

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    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      When did this leak sting start?

      Was Bolton’s firing/quitting part of the sting? Because that happened in SEP.
      Was Bolton writing a book part of it?
      Was Bolton volunteering to testify to Senate part of it?

      All to catch Senior Director So and So appointed in Nov?

      Meanwhile the Vindman clan is still operating in the open.

      Perhaps someone could explain the logistics of this sting operation.

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  20. Spar Harmon says:

    Sundance, it might be a good time to repost that Machiavelli quote advising The Prince who attempts fundamental change…………

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  21. Rowdyone says:

    If President Trump has a flaw it is that he is not ruthless enough when it comes to personnel choices. Time and time again he is betrayed by those around him or those he trusted to protect his interests. He needs to kick every acronymed agency and their employees out of the White House including but not limited to CIA, FBI, DOJ and NSC.

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    • California Joe says:

      Exactly! When you hear today that Col. Vindman’s brother is in charge of pre-publication review at the NSC and was handed the Bolton manuscript to review you’ll be scratching your head (for 639th time).

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  22. Republicanvet91 says:

    Remember the outrage when POTUS announced the NSC needed to be streamlined? It was as if all governance would come to an end without pampered bureaucrats running their massive bureaucracy.
    What better way to convince many the NSC is far too big than to expose it as having more holes than an early morning Bill Clinton excuse to Hillary?
    And why not roll up several moles/leakers/BAMN resisty types at the same time.

    Rudy was digging around Ukraine long before the phone call. Was that phone call the trigger to start the clean-up?

    Bravo!

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    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      Remember the outrage when POTUS announced the NSC needed to be streamlined?

      How bout when General Micheal Flynn announced it?
      Such outrage that the FBI/DOJ spied on him then set him up for FARA, lying and Logan Act violations.

      Far beyond just “outrage”
      Actual criminal acts.

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  23. Ackman419 says:

    PDJT now has the libtards rooting for JOHN BOLTON of all people!
    I didn’t think they could top the ridiculousness of trusting and rooting for the FBI.
    But here we are.
    There is absolutely no sense of shame or irony in them. They would be pulling for Hitler if he could somehow come back to life and accuse Trump of helping with the Holocaust.

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    • Sherri Young says:

      Reminiscent of how Comey went from hero to zero with the Dimms when he had to announce that some of HRC’s emails had been found on Weiner’s laptop.

      Bolton and Comey both are polarizing figures.

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      • jello333 says:

        And the greatest shift of all is with the Russia Russia Russia hysteria. Most of my life I had been a Dem, actually pretty far to the left on most issues. And one of the long-standing issues I had with “the right” was their obsession with Russia/USSR, how it seemed that anytime something bad happened, it always came back to Russia/commies. “Paranoia” (the Kinks) was one of my favorite songs (still is actually)… “There’s a Red under my bed…” And that was, for the most part, aimed at those on “the right”. But now? An almost complete 180. Very weird, but that’s okay with me because I absolutely do NOT still consider myself part of “the left”.

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    • Laurie Walker says:

      A consolation to the electorate is that the Bernie bros hate Bolton.

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  24. California Joe says:

    Vindman’s brother is in charge of pre-publication review at the NSC! This is like a three ring circus. Who the hell is running the NSC in the White House and kept this two Communist thugs close to President Trump? Under Obama they would have been canned on Day One.

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    • joebkonobi says:

      That’s what happens when there are no consequences for illicit behavior. Hopefully it was a Peek leak and he will be up the creek and we will get a peek at some accountability for once.

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  25. Is it true John Bolton is legally changing his name to Omarosa ?

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  26. Terra Rayner says:

    I was thinking maybe an intentional leak by Trump…maybe to ensure witnesses! He claimed from the start he wanted the whistle blower and Hunter. Going against the advice of others isn’t out of the norm for him and may get the ICIG testimony dumped into public view also!

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  27. Laurie Walker says:

    Google the NYT’s article. Usually, you can’t read the whole article unless you’re a subscriber, but this one is available in it’s entirety.

    It’s diobalical.

    For instance … He said, instead of Bolton said, and very few direct quotes.

    One from Bolton’s lawyer, one from the president’s remarks in Davos and of course the dem leadership.

    It’s so sleazy!

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    • Rhoda R says:

      Remember the source of this info is the NYT. I would not be altogether surprised if President Trump didn’t indicate some concern about corruption in Ukraine WRT our foreign aid to Bolton. Which is not the same a telling Ukraine that they won’t get any aid unless they go after a Trump political opponent. Speaking of which, anyone noticed that Biden is reverting to form with his intimidation of the lefty media.

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  28. Deplore Able says:

    This follows the same pattern as the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh. Bolton is the new Christine Blasey-Ford. Who will be the new Julie Swetnick? Where is Michael Avanatti when you need him? I am afraid the real Michael Avanatti is currently indisposed. Someone else must be waiting in line to take his place.

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  29. joebkonobi says:

    I would think conversations between the President and his National Security Advisor would be classified and fall under executive privilege. Bolton would know that. That’s why NSD reviews. So instead of removing it, they leak it. Good headline. . .Peek leaks.

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  30. jello333 says:

    This may indeed be a “leak trap”, and maybe Bolton really never said/wrote any such thing. But even so, I still can’t get over the fact that this guy was on Trump’s team at all… at any time, for any reason. John “Me Likey War” Bolton? Seriously?

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    • sundance says:

      Agreed. However, President Trump does like to project the impression of potential military (kinetics) as a part of his economic geopolitical and national security strategy.

      [ie. drop a few bombs every once in a while to keep them guessing.]

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      • jello333 says:

        Yeah. “Say hello to my little friends”… but with the other “killers” Trump can trust each of them to do the right thing without much pressure. Bolton, though, that dude needs to be kept on a VERY short leash. 😉

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        • Bolton served his purpose and President Trump knew when it was time for him to go. Probably when Bolton felt comfortable and started calling for stupid war moves more akin to the “old days” when the globalists were running the show.

          And good riddance it is…

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      • Zorro says:

        Wasn’t Bolton’s purpose to “scare” people like NK (China) and Iran into thinking what the “madman” Trump might do?

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      • Sentient says:

        Yeah, but it’s not worth having his literal enemies on staff. Who suggests hires like this to the president? Fire that person immediately.

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      • Troublemaker10 says:

        Trump and Kim King Un were Twitter sparring and Kim was shooting missles.

        Then….

        March 6, 2018: “South Korean officials report that North Korea “expressed its willingness to begin earnest negotiations with the U.S. to discuss denuclearization issues” (1)

        March 22, 2018 Trump appoints Bolton as National Security Advisor (become effective April 9, 2018)

        Sundance us right. Definitely could have been a simple strategic move to hire Bolton. When Bolton was at UN he was really tough on NK. Kim King Un hated him . Trump always starts negotiations from the maximum pressure highest demand point, then settles downward in negotiations to the best of what he is expecting to get. Pompeo was the negotiator, but Bolton was viewed in the background. I’m sure that troubled and unnerved Kim.

        Trump never starts negotiations at the lowest expectations.

        1) source
        https://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/dprkchron

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      • Troublemaker10 says:

        Trump and Kim King Un were Twitter sparring and Kim was shooting missles.

        Then….

        March 6, 2018: “South Korean officials report that North Korea “expressed its willingness to begin earnest negotiations with the U.S. to discuss denuclearization issues” (1)

        March 22, 2018 Trump appoints Bolton as National Security Advisor (become effective April 9, 2018)

        Sundance us right. Definitely could have been a simple strategic move to hire Bolton. When Bolton was at UN he was really tough on NK. Kim King Un hated him . Trump always starts negotiations from the maximum pressure highest demand point, then settles downward in negotiations to the best of what he is expecting to get. Pompeo was the negotiator, but Bolton was viewed in the background. I’m sure that troubled and unnerved Kim.

        Trump never starts negotiations at the lowest expectations.

        1) source
        https://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/dprkchron

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  31. BL says:

    Maybe we should think about it all this way, With every Little swampy rat they catch that one just might rat out the next rat up the chain. Sometimes you have to start little to get bigger.

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  32. Vince says:

    Bolton left in September, and got a book deal on Nov 9. He submitted it to the NSC on December 30.

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    • Blind no Longer says:

      There’s just no way. That’s not even 2 months to write and submit it. NO WAY
      Funny they’ve had it 26 days and are just now leaking right on time for the vote regarding witnesses…like it was planned or something./sarc

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      • Niagara Frontier says:

        These people at this level spend all day every day working on their books and future book deals. That’s why so little real work ever gets done. IOW Bolton started writing his tell-all the day he walked in the door.

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        • There is no shortage of revisionist “historians” and “ghost writers” in the swamp either. People hired to create fictional accounts of all kinds of things, even the life of John I Like War Bolton.

          Like, does anyone believe bathhouse bari wrote books, or do they believe it was Bill I Like Domestic Terrorism Ayers did?

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  33. Deplorable Canuck says:

    You know I get all angsty when i first read this stuff but then I remember, “Sundance will know what this is about.” I come on over here and sure enough, Sundance has it all figured out and helps me get perspective. Thank you Sundance for all you do!

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  34. Troublemaker10 says:

    I don’t know if Peek leaked, or someone else. I just hope they get caught and prosecuted.

    That being said….

    First, I can’t get past the NYT’s pay wall. However the Reuters article said the NYT did not have the transcript nor did they use direct quotes. Their article was ” citing a description of the text from multiple people.”. So article is hearsay in it’s wording.

    Secondly, so what?

    Trump is direct in his speech. He was referring to “corruption”. That corruption happened to be Biden shutting down Burisma corruption (perhaps because his son was on the board making millions) for a quid pro quo. The same appearance of corruption the Obama Adm was concerned with (per impeachment testimony). And the Ukrainian interference with our 2016 election (involving Russian oligarch, Hillary campaign, and DNC).

    So if he was direct and said “Biden, Hillary, DNC” rather than vague “Corruption” in terminology….who cares?

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    • Rhoda R says:

      Well, I care if President Trump was limiting the corruption investigation to ONLY the Bidens, but I rather doubt that the President wanted such a narrow investigation. And it isn’t just American players that were getting fat off of mis-directed US Taxpayer Foreign Aid – I’d assume that the President wants them brought to heel as well.

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    • Sherri Young says:

      Hit Sundance’s link (the authors) in his post. The article is a freebie.

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  35. yeah senate tear down the constitution right now, the NYT has to pay these sources ya know.

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  36. Zorro says:

    Get some NYT types, NSC types, and Lawfare types together and, in record time, a new book for the Resistance.

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  37. BitterC says:

    Seririous process question. This entire partisan, half baked impeachment is uncharted waters….

    If the door is now open to witnesses, the door is open for the entire CIAramella coup, as well as Rudy’s findings on Ukraine…there’s at least 12 witnesses for Team Trump.

    I assume Lindsey’s Judicial Committee would handle the closed door depostions. Unless they throw all precedent out the door, these people will be deposed behind closed doors and both sides would then cherry pick them for presentation.

    The depos will take a couple weeks. Can the Senate pause impeachment trial and get back to approving judges in the meanwhile?<< That's my process question, but:

    It would then require another round of House impeachment managers testimony or something.

    We could be looking at acquittal this week and a NEW House impeachment process starting. Problem is, the House won't allow GOP witnesses.

    We could be looking at impeachment process continuing into Trump's 2nd term.
    This is nuts

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    • Doesn’t there have to be a vote to approve witnesses? i.e. a vote for each witness.

      So dems might get bolton with 51 yay votes but PDJT doesn’t get Ciaramella bc 55 nay votes.

      It this correct?

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    • Sherri Young says:

      Bolton could be stringing the Dimms along. He was a top advisor and subject to executive privilege. That should make a subpoena for him to testify subject to being shot down over separation of powers.

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      • tav144 says:

        If the Senate does issue a subpoena for Bolton, would it not be prudent for the WH to object in order to protect executive privilege and separation of powers so that SCOTUS can finally opine that the House Dem managers corrupted the whole process should go back to square one and do it the right way (with a house floor vote, and WH and POTUS lawyers allowed to participate)?

        What a legal quagmire….

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  38. Troublemaker10 says:

    It seems to me Bolton’s testimony about what Trump thought about doing is immaterial unless “thought crimes” are an impeachable offense.

    We know what Trump actually did (did nothing wrong), we know what Trump alleged (no pressure, no quid pro quo), we know the aid was released, and we know Zekensky has agreed with Trump ( “no pressure, no quid pro quo, no knowledge aid was considered to be delayed).

    Trump comes from the business world where brainstorming is a common practice. You throw all kinds of ideas out there (it’s ok to be wild in brainstorming) and then reason through and settle on a course of action.

    Brainstorming with free and loose expression of thought is not a crime .

    What can Bolton possibly add?

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    • Rhoda R says:

      Probably nothing. And I’ll be the dems know that and want the President to claim Executive Privilege so they can claim he was hiding ‘The Truth’.

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  39. Parker Longbaugh says:

    Graham said no witnesses. Schumer said they were no longer on the table. If Team Trump actually wants them this is great way to force the issue.

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    • stenwin77 says:

      I don’t think Schummer said that. Do you have a link?

      I think you might be thinking of a witness “trade” deal (you get Bolton, we get Biden) – Schummer said no. But NO witnesses? I don’t believe Schummer said anything of the kind.

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  40. Vince says:

    I am confused about this. Bolton left in September, and was offered 2 million dollars for a book deal on Nov 9. Book deals are how corrupt people get paid for services rendered, and these would not be services rendered in favor of the administration.

    So he furiously writes an entire book in two months, and submits it Dec 30. This is during the time the Ukraine plot is brought to the public. Someone could have coordinated with him to add a couple of paragraphs about Ukrainian aid and make sure that was in the manuscript.

    He submits this manuscript to the NSC, where it is sent to Vindman’s brother. It is more likely that Vindman’s brother leaked the document to the press, not Peek. If Peek is involved with this at all, it might be that he was the one who requested Bolton to write about Ukraine aid.

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    • Vince says:

      Also, the democrats have always been after Bolton to testify. This is because they know he would testify that President Trump withheld aid. Since they now are sure they won’t get witnesses and be able to call Bolton, they spring this. The book is his testimony, and he gets to keep the 2 million.

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    • nimrodman says:

      “So he furiously writes an entire book in two months”

      More likely, the publisher’s ghost writers wrote it

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  41. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  42. Kirk says:

    Bolton has never been “one of the boys” in the State Department. He’s always been an outcast loose cannon.

    From what I know of the man, which is admittedly all hearsay and public knowledge, he’s not a fan of the “Deep State”, never has been. The capital-E Establishment hates his ass, always has. He hates them right back, and again, always has. That’s how I read the situation, anyway–Could be wrong.

    Which is why I find all this highly suspicious, to say the least.

    How about this for a scenario: Bolton agrees to help Trump set these assholes up, and they fabricate a plan to do it, which includes Bolton “having a falling out” with Trump, followed by co-option by the Forces of Darkness. He is perfectly positioned right now to blow up the entire sorry cabal, and I wonder if that’s what is really going on.

    We will see what we will see–But, I would hold off on any plans to prevent Bolton from testifying. I would not be a bit surprised to see the whole thing blowing up in the Democrat’s faces, and it would be in perfect sync with Trump’s instinct for the narrative and drama.

    I used to think that Trump was a blowhard with really good luck, and a silver spoon in his mouth from birth. Voted for him as the “least bad” alternative, I did. If the Democrats had put up anyone I could hold my nose and vote for, I’d have voted for them, rather than Trump. No idea who the hell that would have been, but I’d have done it if they had put up a decent candidate. Trump, however, has surprised the hell out of me, and I’m coming around to think he may be one of the greatest presidents ever, let alone in my lifetime. I am willing to crawl over broken glass to vote for him in 2020.

    I have the distinct feeling that none of this is what it looks like, and that we’ve got someone in the Presidency right now who could give lessons on cunning to a fox who was a professor of cunning at Oxford University…

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  43. Nigella says:

    Boltons publisher doesn’t deny that what the NYT says was in the manuscript is true

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  44. another possible reason fidgety nan paused a week.

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  45. Robert VanBrunt says:

    Boltons “Beach Friends” leaked the book

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  46. ebonyraptor says:

    Why does it matter what he told or didn’t tell Bolton – the only thing that matters is that the aid was delivered independent of an investigation or public announcement of an investigation – therefore there was no quid pro quo and no pressure brought to bear on Ukraine. Period. End of discussion. End of case.

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  47. Spurwing Plover says:

    The New York Times 1% Real News 99% Fake News thats the way it is with this liberal rag

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  48. Magabear says:

    So if I’m reading this correctly, the “big” allegation from this book excerpt leak (and always remember, the NYT may have just made s**t up again) is that PDJT wanted to tie aid to Ukraine to an investigation into the Biden’s. It doesn’t matter what PDJT may have wanted to do, the fact is that aid was sent without any quid pro quo. Case closed.

    This truly is a nothing burger. It will be reported as another “smoking gun” by the fake news media, but that’s all it is: fake news designed to deflect from the demonrats crap articles of shampeachment.

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  49. Sherri Young says:

    This quote from Bolton’s attorney today certainly sounds like Eugene Vindman leaked the info through his twin brother LTC Vindman and Bolton knows it.

    ‘Mr. Bolton’s lawyer blamed the White House for the disclosure of the book’s contents. “It is clear, regrettably, from the New York Times article published today that the pre-publication review process has been corrupted and that information has been disclosed by persons other than those properly involved in reviewing the manuscript,” the lawyer, Charles J. Cooper, said Sunday night.’

    See that? Cooper does not say that a person properly involved in the review process was the leaker. Cooper says someone other than the reviewer was the leaker. In Vindman’s testimony, he let us know that he and his twin brother were confidants.

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    • “and that information has been disclosed by persons other than those properly involved in reviewing the manuscript,”

      how would he know that?

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      • Sherri Young says:

        It says to me that Bolton set a leak trap for LTC Vindman knowing that Eugene Vindman would share interesting passages. That statement also should put the Vindmans on notice that they have been caught.

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        • WES says:

          Sherri:. I think Peek is the leaker per SD.

          However this begs the question.

          How was Peek able to access a file supposedly in E. Vidman’s care? Did he let Peek have access? E. Vidman’s wasn’t walked out the door (yet), so likely no.

          So how did Peek gain access to the Bolton file? Someone must have helped Peek.

          Somebody was obviously watching Peek.

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    • nimrodman says:

      you’re right, Bolton’s lawyer DOES go out of his way to claim “persons other than those properly involved in reviewing …”

      that’s a complex wording, you’re right to read specific intent into it, I think

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  50. sundance says:

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    • nimrodman says:

      sticking to the facts, not taking the bait

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    • jello333 says:

      Hmm… Trump doesn’t sound particularly upset with Bolton, does he? Wonder why that is (I think we may already have a pretty good idea).

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    • Bubby says:

      A couple observations from the weak mind of an old man:
      1. No need to call Bolton as a witness in the impeachment trial now since what he would say is already known and disputed by President Trump – see above.
      2. What President Trump did if one believes Bolton is not an impeachable offense, violates no known law and the aid was given.
      3. As Sundance pointed out “The timing, purpose and narrative engineering here are transparent in the extreme.”
      4. This leak will give Pierre Dilecto the vapors.
      5. This leak will give Chuck u Schumer another camera opportunity to vent about ethics, morality, fairness and demands for witnesses and more evidence.
      6. House Impeachment Manager Lofgren said in the video below “the evidence was sufficient” then why are the Democrats demanding witnesses and more evidence in the Senate trial? Because they don’t have any evidence just policy differences and they don’t like the Constitutional separation of powers when they run the House!

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