Schiff blasts Bolton for not testifying after release of excerpts

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffMask rules spark political games and a nasty environment in the House CIA says 'Havana syndrome' unlikely a result of 'worldwide campaign' by foreign power The Hill's Morning Report - Biden to make voting rights play in Atlanta MORE (D-Calif.) said former White House national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonFormer Trump officials plotting effort to blunt his impact on elections: report Equilibrium/Sustainability — Fire calls infrastructural integrity into question Will Biden's 2021 foreign policy failures reverberate in 2022? MOREmay be an author, but he’s no patriot” after excerpts from his book claim that House Democrats committed “impeachment malpractice” in limiting their inquiry to Ukraine. 

“Bolton’s staff were asked to testify before the House to Trump’s abuses, and did. They had a lot to lose and showed real courage,” Schiff tweeted. “When Bolton was asked, he refused, and said he’d sue if subpoenaed. Instead, he saved it for a book.”

“Bolton may be an author, but he’s no patriot,” the House Intelligence Committee chairman and manager of the House impeachment effort concluded.

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An early copy of the book, which is set to be released Tuesday, was obtained by The New York Times and The Washington Post. The newspapers published excerpts Wednesday. 

Schiff subpoenaed Bolton during the House impeachment hearings, which looked into whether President TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll MORE threatened to withhold military assistance to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUS threatens sweeping export controls against Russian industries Headaches intensify for Democrats in Florida US orders families of embassy staff in Ukraine to leave country MORE.

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Bolton declined to testify during the impeachment inquiry last fall on instructions from the White House but said he would do so pursuant to a subpoena if a court weighed in on the issue. He had been ousted by Trump months earlier, in September, after the whistleblower complaint was made. 

In the book, Bolton claims that Trump also asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to buy large amounts of agricultural products to improve his reelection prospects in agricultural states.

“I am hard-pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my tenure that wasn’t driven by reelection calculations,” Bolton wrote, according to the Post.

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

Trump was eventually acquitted this year during the Senate impeachment trial, where Schiff served as the lead impeachment manager.