Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Probably Not A Good Idea

I’m guessing that John Bolton is not someone you want as an enemy.

At a critical juncture in his presidency, facing a rapidly unfolding impeachment inquiry by House Democrats, Donald Trump is feeling besieged by snitches.

In recent weeks, numerous leaks have appeared in the pages of The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other major papers and news outlets detailing the president’s attempts to enlist foreign leaders to help dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and also aid Trump’s quest to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s concluded investigation. And as is his MO, the media-obsessed president has been fixated on not just the identity of the whistleblower behind the internal complaint that brought this scandal to the fore, but also on who, exactly, has been namelessly feeding intel to the press.

In the course of casual conversations with advisers and friends, President Trump has privately raised suspicions that a spiteful John Bolton, his notoriously hawkish former national security adviser, could be one of the sources behind the flood of leaks against him, three people familiar with the comments said. At one point, one of those sources recalled, Trump guessed that Bolton was behind one of the anonymous accounts that listed the former national security adviser as one of the top officials most disturbed by the Ukraine-related efforts of Trump and Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney who remains at the center of activities that spurred the impeachment inquiry.

As it is, Trump doesn’t have any friends.  He doesn’t even have a dog, which is what Harry Truman advised if you wanted a friend in Washington.  So when the going gets tough and subpoenas start arriving, the people who know what went on in the White House will talk and they’ll tell purely out of self-preservation.  And based on Mr. Bolton’s history as one who does not suffer anyone, much less fools, gladly, he could be a powerful enemy.  So it’s probably not a good idea to suggest he’s the leaker.