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Bolton claims House should have investigated other impeachable offenses by Trump

Former White House national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonPence, other GOP officials expected to skip Trump send-off NSA places former GOP political operative in top lawyer position after Pentagon chief's reported order After insurrection: The national security implications MORE claims in his forthcoming memoir that President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE committed multiple impeachable offenses that House Democrats never investigated, according to a copy of the book obtained by The New York Times.

In the memoir, “The Room Where It Happened,” Bolton claims that not only did Trump explicitly condition aid to Ukraine on investigations involving former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenRev. Barber says best way to undercut extremism is with honesty Biden requires international travelers to quarantine upon arrival to US Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 MORE and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSamantha Power's Herculean task: Turning a screw with a rubber screwdriver Beau Biden Foundation to deny lobbyist donations, make major donors public Whoopi Goldberg wears 'my vice president' shirt day after inauguration MORE, he on several occasions signaled that he was willing to end criminal investigations “to, in effect, give personal favors to dictators he liked.” 

Bolton writes that Trump’s pattern of behavior “looked like obstruction of justice as a way of life, which we couldn’t accept,” and that he scheduled a meeting to discuss it with Attorney General William BarrBill BarrBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Two-thirds say the election was fair: poll The Hill's Morning Report - An inauguration like no other MORE.

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Trump also allegedly tried to persuade Chinese President Xi Jinping to buy large amounts of agricultural products to improve his reelection prospects in agricultural states.

Trump was “pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win. He stressed the importance of farmers, and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome,” Bolton wrote.

Bolton expanded on the China allegations in an excerpt published by The Wall Street Journal, claiming Trump’s negotiations with Xi “formed a pattern of fundamentally unacceptable behavior that eroded the very legitimacy of the presidency.”

“Had Democratic impeachment advocates not been so obsessed with their Ukraine blitzkrieg in 2019, had they taken the time to inquire more systematically about Trump’s behavior across his entire foreign policy, the impeachment outcome might well have been different,” he writes.

Bolton accuses House Democrats of committing “impeachment malpractice” in limiting their inquiry to Ukraine, saying they should have probed the president’s willingness to interfere in investigations into companies such as Turkey’s Halkbank and China’s ZTE to curry favor with their respective leaders.

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“Had the House not focused solely on the Ukraine aspects of Trump’s confusion of his personal interests,” he wrote, “there might have been a greater chance to persuade others that ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ had been perpetrated.”

Bolton and his publisher are currently engaged in a legal battle with the White House over the book, which administration lawyers have claimed still contains classified information even after redactions the publisher made at the White House’s request.

Bolton’s team has said the book will still be published on Tuesday.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.