CNN’s Erin Burnett ripped into former National Security Adviser John Bolton after he sent out a series of cryptic tweets following his return to Twitter.
Burnett read one of Bolton’s new tweets while mentioning that thus far he has refused to testify in the impeachment probe and suggested that he is “doing the president’s bidding” by not testifying.
“Bolton though is of course still hiding behind Twitter, and still technically doing the president’s bidding because he’s refusing to testify in the impeachment investigation. And to be very clear on two big points here: One, Bolton has a lot to say about what Trump did, and what Trump knew, and when he knew it. Bolton was in the know.”
Watch her comments below:
After playing a montage of witnesses telling members of the House Intelligence Committee that Bolton was informed of what was happening with the hold on military aid for Ukraine, Burnett blasted Bolton for “teasing the American public.”
“So Bolton knows a lot, okay? And he’s out there tweeting about things and teasing the American public, instead of actually talking and telling everything he knows. Remember the other day when he tweeted ‘stay tuned’? The reality of the situation at this point is that if John Bolton wants actually to do the right thing and protect American national security, instead of getting on a Twitter high-horse, he should testify. That’s the right answer for him. He doesn’t work for Trump anymore. And that’s the other big thing; he could stand up, stand up and speak and defy the president as nearly a dozen others have chosen to do. And testify publicly.”
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) told Burnett that she wants Bolton to testify publicly, adding that she hopes he will testify in the Senate trial.
“One can only hope that these people will finally figure out that maybe they should really think about America and national security and not loyalty to a lying president who only cares about himself.”
Burnett noted that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney still haven’t testified, and pointed out once again that Bolton does not work in the Trump Administration and that he could testify despite the president’s wishes.
Two days later, Jackson issued a week-long hold on her previous order while she decides whether or not to put the case on hold to allow the Justice Department to appeal her ruling.
Jackson’s initial ruling led to speculation that Bolton would be compelled to testify before impeachment investigators. However, lawyers for Bolton said that ruling does not apply to him because of his position in the administration. Instead, Bolton will wait for a court to decide if he has to testify.