President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans aren’t the only ones who are furious with former National Security Adviser John Bolton over his soon-to-be-released book, The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir.
In a shocking public outburst Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) issued her own rebuke of Bolton, accusing him of choosing book sales and personal “loyalty over patriotism,” the Daily Caller reported.
“He was so arrogant”
Pelosi’s remarks came at her weekly press conference on Thursday, where the House speaker took issue with an accusation Bolton allegedly makes in his book: that Democrats aren’t doing their part to hold President Trump accountable.
“He was so arrogant in terms of the House when we were engaged in the impeachment,” Pelosi said, according to the Daily Caller.
Indeed, it is a bit of a puzzling statement for Bolton to have made. Besides launching all sorts of investigations into the Trump administration, House Democrats did, after all, impeach the president, as USA Today reported earlier this year.
What’s more, let’s not forget that, according to a separate report from USA Today, Bolton actually refused to testify during the House-led impeachment effort, despite all of the purportedly damning evidence that he has on Trump. Instead, he chose to keep quiet and put it all in a book — a point that Dems like Pelosi and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) have capitalized on.
“He chose loyalty over patriotism,” the House speaker said of Bolton, according to the Daily Caller. “And so he’s going to make money off of his book, I guess.”
It’s not over yet
Despite leveling heavy criticism at Bolton, however, Pelosi still left open the possibility of him ultimately testifying before Congress.
“One thing is for sure,” Pelosi said, according to the Daily Caller, “the American people have the right to know. Our oversight will always continue. Whether that’s by subpoena or some other way, I’ll discuss that with the chairs of the committees.”
While it is unclear whether Bolton will accept Pelosi’s invitation, he does plan on continuing his campaign against the president.
Besides the release of his book, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Bolton is also making the rounds in the media. An interview Bolton sat for with ABC News will be televised on Sunday, and in it, he reportedly states that President Trump is “not fit for office” and does not have the “competence to carry out the job.”
Of course, whether anyone will actually believe Bolton’s claims remains to be seen.