Ok. What do we now know.
3/5/18 Mueller notifies Dowd that he has cleared Trump
3/13/18 Trump announces Pompeo will be nominated SoS replacing Tillerson
3/22/18 Trump fires McMaster. Hires Bolton.
4/9/2019 Bolton starts as NSA
4/19/18 Trump hires Giuliani AFTER TRUMP HAS ALREADY BEEN CLEARED BY MUELLER ACCORDING TO DOWD. Giuliani says his investigation happened in 2018 and was undertaken as part of his efforts to defend Trump from the charges of Russian collusion.
July 2018 Bolton hires the Vindmans
10/13/18 Trump hires Cipollone
12/19/18 Trump hires Mulvaney
12/31/19 Zelensky announces his candidacy for President
That’s the backdrop.
More to come...
This video of Bolton saying something very interesting breaks in the last few days and is tweeted out by @TrumpWarRoom.
Bolton says “I am making the case for...deception in the execution of national security affairs...where that is appropriate”
Who judges when deception is appropriate? In Bolton’s construction it is POTUS.
Here’s the question.
Is there anything more dangerous to national security than the discrediting of the commander in chief via disinformation?
I will return to the “damage” but first let’s look at how Rudy couches his comments about Bolton.
I theorized in October that the Ukraine affair was an engineered op. That Trump knew people were listening. I pointed out the curiosity of the inaccurate leak, Trump never actually threatened aid on the call, and I wondered if Bolton was the leaker.
We have learned a lot since October last year, like the role that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman played in the “leak” and that it was Bolton who hired him.
Bolton’s connection to Vindman gave the leak credibility and gave Schiff confidence that this was a real scandal.
But for the op to pay off you need to keep the target chasing the bait.
And what do we observe?
Every time the Democrats may have backed away, Bolton would re-emerge threatening ill will and potential bombshell testimony.
But to what end? Why? What was the purpose of all of this? What did Trump get out of it other than being impeached?
Well he focused America’s attention on the corruption emanating out of Ukraine, exposed Joe Biden and introduced Crowdstrike into the public consciousness.
He also baited the Democrats into a hyper partisan impeachment that proved the whole party was so desperate to hurt Trump that they would break every norm and precedent in their rabid, partisan efforts.
But we just witnessed the most important element last week...
I don’t think people fully appreciate what just happened during the Senate trial.
The key element was instigated by the Bolton book leak and now will be part of the legislative record.
A precedent that the Democrats never thought through...
Republican Senators just stipulated a quid pro quo as acquittable thus endorsing the proposition that, if Trump is investigating potential Obama era corruption, he can use all the levers of his power to force foreign countries to provide evidence.
Not a removable offense...
I said early on that this was the opening gambit to the role out of #Phase2 and now the implications are much more in view.
Wild theory. I know.
And yet shortly after the vote to reject witnesses and formalizing the agreed framework to end the trial, you’ll never guess what Scavino tweeted...