John Bolton, an official who served under President Trump, would be releasing a book making explosive claims on Trump’s dealings.
Crux of the Matter
Who Is Bolton?
John Bolton served as the US National Security Adviser (NSA) from 2018 to 2019. On June 23rd, the release of his new book The Room Where It Happened is expected. In the book, Bolton has made serious allegations against President Trump, especially concerning his international dealings.
Trump sought judiciary aid to ban the release of the book. However, the DC District Court rejected his appeal.
Claims In The Book
Several copies of the book have been provided to news firms which have revealed the major claims made by Bolton
- Trump has sought help from Chinese President Xi Jinping to win the elections of November 2020.
- Trump told Xi that he wanted to amend US constitution to change the limit of two 4-year tenures for Presidents.
- Trump did not know if Finland is a part of Russia
- Trump state how it would be “cool” to invade Venezuela.
President Trump was put on a trial after impeachment, occurring only the 3rd time in US history. He was accused of colluding with Ukraine to enhance his chances of re-election in November 2020, and of obstructing the working of the US Congress.
In the process of Impeachment, Bolton rejected the request of the Democrats to testify in the court and threatened legal action if subpoenaed. Later, he accused them of “impeachment malpractice”.
Bolton has received criticism for staying silent in the Impeachment process while releasing a book on it, with some critics accusing him of placing monetary gains over legal duties.
Past And Future
Bolton’s book adds to the long list of books and memos criticizing Trump. James Comey, who served as the director of the FBI from 2013 to 2017, released his “memos” of working with the President. In the text, Comey alleged strong links between Trump and Russia and accused him of interfering in the investigation of Michael Flynn, who was the Chief of Staff of the President in 2017. Comey even released a book called A Higher Loyalty on Trump. Another famous tell-all book on the Trump Presidency is Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury.
Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man is an upcoming book written by Mary Trump, the niece of President Trump.
The book, which would be released on 28 July, explains the background of her uncle who “threatens the world’s health, economic security, and social fabric”. However, Donald Trump claims that Mary signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement in 2001 which prohibits her from publishing the book.
- Why We Want You to Be Rich: Two Men, One Message is a 2006 non-fiction book about personal finance, co-authored by Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki. Kiyosaki is the author of Rich Dad Poor Dad, one of the most famous pieces of literature on the importance of financial literacy.
- HSBC Holdings PLC is a British multinational investment bank and financial services holding company. It was the 7th largest bank in the world by 2018, and the largest in Europe, with total assets of $2.558 trillion (as of December 2018). James Comey served on the board of directors of HSBC Holdings until July 2013.
- In May 2002, Bolton gave a speech entitled “Beyond the Axis of Evil” in response to President Bush’s State of the Union Address (where Bush characterized Iran, Iraq, and North Korea as part of an “Axis of Evil”). Bolton added three more nations to be grouped with the aforementioned rogue states: Cuba, Libya, and Syria.
- BBC – John Bolton: Ten biggest claims in his Donald Trump book
- The Guardian – Trump niece’s bombshell book to detail family ‘trauma, neglect and abuse’
- The Washington Post – Why John Bolton didn’t testify in the impeachment inquiry in the first place
- Business Insider – Trump says his niece Mary can’t publish a tell-all because she signed a ‘very powerful’ NDA — and says his family was blindsided by the book
- The New York Times – 6 Takeaways From the James Comey Memos