John Bolton, Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser has been a familiar name throughout the impeachment inquiry. Bolton has played coy and hinted that he may have information that could be impactful during the upcoming trial.
While the former White House adviser has said that he would testify if subpoenaed, that it unlikely with a Republican majority. Shortly after leaving Washington DC, Bolton signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster. During Friday nights episode of Hardball, Chris Matthews and former Federal Prosecutor Glenn Kirschner talked about the possibility that Bolton could hold back important information for his book.
Matthews asked Kirschner, “Let’s talk about human behavior. Could it be — I don’t know Bolton personally, I know his politics, his ideology — but could it be that he says, I thought for a while I wanted to save some of the goodies for my book, because people like to do that, people like to write the big story with the big news, but if history comes down that I sat on this stuff for a year while we didn’t have a real trial, I’m guilty of really withholding my citizenship here.”
Kirschner pulled no punches with his answer. He told Matthews, “Exactly,” he said. “If he had blockbuster evidence — and he doesn’t testify — and then he puts in a book information that could have changed the course of a Senate impeachment trial, he will go down in history as a traitor and a villain.”
Watch a clip of the exchange below, courtesy of MSNBC: