Is John Bolton Getting Ready to Take Down Trump?

Curt Mills

John Bolton wants you to know he’s not going anywhere. 

The former national security advisor to Donald J. Trump relayed late this week: “We have now liberated the Twitter account, previously suppressed unfairly in the aftermath of my resignation as National Security Advisor.  More to come.....”

Bolton, the career Republican and Washington infighter, then proceeded to a move all too Washington insider: he teased out his SuperPAC. “Let's get back to discussing critical national-security issues confronting America,” Bolton tweeted Saturday. 

“The threats are grave and growing.  The presidency and control of the House and the Senate will all be decided in less than one year.  It's time to speak up again! #JohnBolton,” he said, bravely hashtagging his own name. 

For the left, the consummate conservative has revealed himself to be an utter poltroon: weary of a would-be dictator president, but unwilling to officially cross him. For some on the right, he’s a potential traitor in their midst. Bolton “is THE witness for the prosecution.” a former senior administration official told me earlier this impeachment autumn. 

On Steve Bannon’s new radio-television show, “War Room,” Bolton is sometimes called “Book Deal Bolton,” likely because he landed a book deal worth $2 million. Bannon himself plays his cards close to the vest, but it’s nonetheless an astonishing fall from grace for the pol whom Bannon backed hard for the NSA post two short years ago. 

The reality, however, remains the same: Bolton needs, or would at least prefer, regime change, the favored measure of his political career. All other measures are half measures. Bolton is not poised to inherit the MSNBC’s pundit’s chair, or the CNN contributorship. But a young man yet at 70, he could shape the Republican Right’s future-- that is, if his old boss is out of the way.

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