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Former national security adviser John Bolton broke his silence Wednesday and slammed the Democratic Party-led impeachment of President Donald Trump as a “grossly partisan” effort.

Bolton, who is the author of an upcoming book on his experience in the White House, also said that his testimony would not have changed the outcome of the Senate impeachment trial, according to the Associated Press. He made the comments at a public appearance alongside Susan Rice, his counterpart under President Barack Obama.

While the former diplomat refused to disclose any details regarding his book, he did say he believed that the House “committed impeachment malpractice.” This, the AP reported, drew “grumbling from the audience.”

The retired official also noted that the manner in which Democrats handled the impeachment “drove Republicans who might have voted for impeachment away because it was so partisan.”

He also noted that, contrary to claims by Democrats who called upon him to testify, he does not believe that his testimony would have changed the final impeachment outcome — though he did not expect the Senate to vote against having him appear.

“People can argue about what I should have said and what I should have done,” Bolton said. “I would bet you a dollar right here and now, my testimony would have made no difference to the ultimate outcome.”

Rice disagreed, telling Bolton and the audience that nothing would have caused her “to refuse to share information with Congress or the public that I thought was of national import.”

“I can’t imagine withholding my testimony, with or without a subpoena,” she added. “I also can’t imagine, frankly, in the absence of being able to provide that information directly to Congress, not having exercised my First Amendment right to speak publicly at a time when my testimony or my experience would be relevant.”

Bolton said the reason why he did not “spill his guts” regarding the president’s dealings with Ukraine is that he could have faced criminal prosecution if he had shared, even inadvertently, information that is deemed classified.

When asked if he would have complied with a House subpoena, Bolton cited the White House review process that is determining whether the contents of his book can be disclosed.

“I’m not here to speculate on that with the pre-publication review process under way,” Bolton said, which drew laughter from some in the audience.

“Laugh all you want. This is the judgment of my counsel, somebody I worked with 35 years ago, 30 years ago at the Department of Justice.”

  • BWH says:

    Rice says she would have spoken out if it was important. Well, she did speak our, after Benghazi. And she LIED! On 5 different programs! And she hasn’t admitted to her role in having Americans “unmasked” on phone calls. She’s a fraud, like most of the Obama administration people.

  • Ray says:

    Obviously Bolton was offered a huge sum if his testimony could result in Trump being convicted, but when he wasn’t allowed to testify (despite his eagerness), the payoff was not forthcoming so now he is trying to save face. He’s trying not to look like a traitorous scumbag. Now he is of no use to either the Dems or the Republicans. What a loser.

  • Matt says:

    Had Rice given evidence against Obama, or the Clintons, that would have been interesting.

    But that’s obviously not what she meant.

  • Tom says:

    Susan Rice is a piece of shit, and should be behind bars… never forget the Bengazi (video) lie… Blatant, easily provable lying to the American public.

    She is a disgrace to her race.

  • Steve says:

    Bolton has emailed me recently with some B.S. or another and I replied back , nobody is listening anymore – he lost all credibility after his treachery against Trump !

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