RUSH: Right on schedule, Mitt Romney goes to the microphone. "Hey, you know what? I saw this Bolton business, and I just want everybody to know that I am ready today to step in and be president." Well, that's what Romney's doing. "I'll be able to do it. I'll step in. If anybody wants me to be president, I'll go there today. Whatever it takes for me to get there, if that's what you want me to do, I'll do it." That's how you translate what Romney is saying about witnesses.
RUSH: Notice the timing of this leak. This book has been in the vetting process for two to three weeks now -- and, by the way, do you know whose vetting it at the National Security Council?
If you write a book like this and you're part of the Security Council, National Security Council apparatus, you have to submit this to the National Security Council for vetting before it can be send to the publisher. They have to clear it to make sure no national security secrets or violations are being written about and published. Alexander Vindman's brother, Yevgeny Vindman, is the guy vetting Bolton's book!
Isn't it just magical that on the very day after the Trump defense team decimates the House managers' case, the very next day here comes this leak from the New York Times about what Trump told Bolton supposedly that he didn't want to do? What remains amazing is the leak supposedly is that Trump told Bolton that he didn't want to release any aid to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over him material related to investigations. That's from the Maggie Haberman tweet. "New York Times scoop:
"Bolton book draft circulated to associates and sent to White House for review process describes a conversation with the president where he says he doesn't want to release withheld aid 'til Ukraine..." Doesn't want to? Well, you know, I don't want to go the dentist, but I do it, and I'll tell everybody the day I have to go, "Damn, I don't want to do!" If I've got a meeting after the program that I don't want to take -- ask the people here -- I'll whine and moan and say, "God, I really don't want to do this. Oh, I wish I had not scheduled it."
But I take the meeting and I go to the dentist. So Trump supposedly tells Bolton that he doesn't want to release aid. But he did. The aid got released. It was more than Ukraine thought they were gonna get, and it included Javelin missiles, and Trump got nothing for it. (laughs) There was no investigation! So we've got Bolton here saying that Trump supposedly... The leak is Bolton book says Trump told him that he didn't want to release aid. The leak cannot be that Trump didn't release aid because the aid was released!
Ukraine got it, and the Democrats making this case have always tried to make criminal what they claim were Trump's desires or Trump's thoughts or what he really intended or hoped to do. And they have ignored the fact that all of these supposed criminal thoughts that Trump had never prevailed. Ukraine got their aid. It's also understandable that Trump... You know, Ted Cruz has got a podcast. Everybody's got a podcast. If you can't get a radio show, you get a podcast, and Ted Cruz has got a podcast out there.
He said (summarized), "You know, I think these House managers ought to stop focusing on a simple acquittal and they need to make tracks and they need to go at this on the offense, and thing that the Trump defense team needs to do is make it plain. Establish that it is perfectly legal for a president of the United States to investigate corruption in a foreign country that involves American citizens," and I agree with Cruz. I think this is one of the things...
I hope the Trump legal team makes this point. There's nothing criminal about wanting a corruption-free government with whom we're doing business in an ally, and there's nothing criminal about wanting to find out if American government officials have been engaging in corruption in a particular foreign government that is an ally. So I think what we have here... I know a lot of people say, "But, Rush, Romney hasn't spoken up and denied this yet." No. Not Romney, but Bolton. "Bolton hasn't spoken up and denied this yet."
No, he hasn't. Bolton is an interesting figure. It remains to be seen if all this is true. But again, the point is that even this scoop, this gigantic leak talks about what Trump said he wanted to do, and it's overridden by the fact that he didn't do it. He didn't withhold the aid. He didn't get the investigation. So how in the world can there be anything criminal in what somebody wants to do versus what they end up doing? Particularly if there's no illegality involved, if there's no criminality, and if there isn't an impeachable offense.
So let's go through some of the timeline here. We have the very sad and unfortunate Kobe Bryant death and crash, and the Drive-By Media is distraught for a number of reasons, among them that the news coverage of that crash totally overwhelms what they thought would be a 24/7, laser-like focus on the Bolton leak. What they're missing is the American people don't care about this. Did you see David Axelrod? He's one of the guys that got Obama elected. He's gotta PAC. He's got a political action committee, some sort of organization in Chicago.
They had a focus group over the weekend. They got some Democrats from Cook County in there, started doing a focus group, and they purposeful didn't bring up impeachment. They waited to see how long Democrats in an Axelrod focus group would bring it up. Eighty minutes! It was an hour and 20 minutes before Cook County Democrats even bothered to bring up impeachment. It's not on anybody's mind -- ad I'll tell you something else that's not on anybody's mind is John Bolton. Most people don't know who he is, especially with all the coverage of the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash.
But even before that, when Bolton's name was in the media, they hated him! They despised Bolton. I'm gonna be reminding you with exact details as the program unfolds. We made this point last September on this program, and of course it ended up being highlighted at RushLimbaugh.com. They hated Bolton's mustache, folks! They hated Bolton because they thought he mistreated women. He was a bully in the workplace.
Whenever any Republican wanted John Bolton in the ambassadorial service or anywhere in the national security apparatus, the Democrat Party went literally bat crazy because they hated the guy, and they hated the guy because he was a hawk. They hated the guy because he was aligned with the neocons. The neocons are always wanted the U.S. extended militarily in outposts all over the world, predominantly in the Middle East, and Bolton was one of these guys that was in favor of it -- and of course, he didn't get that accuse foreign policy with Trump.
Trump is trying to extricate the United States from affairs and military entanglements like this, and Bolton left in a huff. He was ticked off about things. I have to also say this. I've had dinner with John Bolton a couple times. I've met him two or three times, and if this passage in the book is true, and this is actually what he's intending, it's not the John Bolton I thought I knew, this kind of disloyalty. You may say, "Well, Rush, it's not disloyal. He's simply telling the truth. The president didn't want to..."
Yeah, but it is disloyal. But again, folks, I have to backtrack here. Doesn't this seem strangely like the Kavanaugh hearings? We're on the verge of Kavanaugh getting confirmed, and all of a sudden here comes Christine Blasey Ford and her story, and that begets Michael Avenatti and his story and then a whole bunch of stuff that delays the confirmation, prolongs the hearings, a demand for FBI investigations. Lo and behold, here we are.
The House managers have blown it. Nobody's watching. Not a single Republican's on the verge of voting for witnesses. And bammo! We get a leak to the New York Times from the manuscript of Bolton's book, and it looks like Vindman's -- O say can you see -- brother Yevgeny is in the vetting apparatus, the vetting procedure, and all of a sudden now (sputtering), "Oh, my God! Oh, my God! We need to call Bolton! We gotta call Bolton! Look -- look -- look what -- what this Times story says!" Bolton hasn't said it. It's supposedly in the book.
We're relying on the New York Times for accuracy when they have no claim to that anymore. Two years minimum, lying day after day after day about Trump-Russia collusion -- and, by the way, those lies have continued on every other adjunct. We've had the New York Times going all-in on every Democrat allegation. If Bolton was such gold, why didn't Schiff call him? Why didn't they do their due diligence? Why didn't they take their time and call Bolton? Well, we know why. Because there would be an executive privilege fight, and it would delay it in the courts, and they had to get this done for the purposes of the 2020 campaign.
It looks to me like we almost have a replay, an exact rehash of the Kavanaugh situation when he was on the verge of being confirmed. Here we are at this trial, after the first day of the president's team just destroying the Democrat House managers' whole case -- they did it in two hours on Saturday -- and then the next day we've got this, when all the Democrats have been caterwauling about is, "We need witnesses! The Senate needs to open it up to witnesses," and so forth. Now all of a sudden, at the very last moment, we're getting a recycling of a previous Democrat quasi October Surprise-type operation.
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Now, Sean Davis -- and there's a bunch of these guys I follow, and I sometimes get confused where they work. I think Sean Davis works at The Federalist, but it might be American Greatness or it might be Breitbart or it might be the Daily Caller. I don't know where. I think it's the Federalist. His tweet is this: "John Bolton is running the exact same revenge playbook against Trump that James Comey used.
"He’s even using the same agent and leaking to the same reporters," Maggie Haberman at the New York Times. "All because he’s mad Trump fired him for leaking and trying to start new wars," and, as Sean Davis says here, "It’s so boring and predictable." Bolton's attorney, Charles Cooper, said, "It is clear, regrettably, from the New York Times article published that the prepublication review process has been corrupted and that information has been disclosed by persons other than those properly involved ..."
Pfft! (chuckles) Big reveal there, buddy! The process? You mean journalism has been corrupted? Really? Who knew! When did this happen, Mr. Cooper? But it is. It's the same revenge playbook, the same thing Comey did. It's the same thing they tried to do to Clarence Thomas. It's the same thing they did with Kavanaugh -- and remember, it's all about what Trump said he wanted to do (chuckling), because they can't say that Trump withheld the aid. They can't say that Ukraine didn't get what they wanted. It's absurd, all of it is.
RUSH: By the way, I want to make one point here. The New York Times is admitting... It says here they're "saying," but they're not saying. They're admitting. The New York Times is admitting they have not seen the Bolton transcript, and yet they run a story based on what it says. They've not seen the Bolton book!
They've just been told about it by anonymous sources. What if it's an abject lie? What if whoever is doing this is knowingly lying, knowing they're gonna get two or three days out of it -- and maybe even a vote on witnesses -- and then at some point when the book comes out in March, it's gonna be learned or discover that it's not true? Big deal! That's also the history. "Trump colluded with Russia. He's a traitor. He stole the election." Two years later. "Eh! No evidence. Can't find it."
Now we move on to something else that Trump supposedly did: The phone call with the Ukraine president. It's the same pattern! It's like every leak for two years on Trump-Russia collusion -- and every story had a line buried in the story, "As of now, there is no evidence substantiating this claim, but, but, but," blah, blah, blah. So the New York Times admits they have not seen the actual Bolton manuscript.
They've just been told about it by anonymous sources. We know that Vindman's brother is in the vetting process. He's on the staff of the NSC that vets books like this. See, this way if their story turns out to be completely false -- if it's a total lie -- they can say, "It wasn't us! It wasn't us! That's what we were told," and that's how they've been getting out of every lie for the past three years. "Well, our sources told us..." Let me go to the phones. This is Wantagh, Long Island. Ileana, great to have you on the program. Hello.
CALLER: Hello, Rush. Everything that you just said while I was waiting to speak to you and I was listening to you, what you were saying, was 100% correct. I called because I'm just so frustrated and so fed up. This is so predictable. Every time the Democrats realize that they're losing, we get these bombshells, you know? It happens to be the New York Times this time. But what I don't understand is why there is an assumption that because John Bolton writes a book or testifies at the hearing, that there is any truth or substance to his words. It is his word against the president's, and I believe President Trump.
RUSH: Well --
CALLER: And I believe the only witness, which is the transcript!
RUSH: It doesn't matter. They hate Bolton. They've despised Bolton. But Trump is a bigger enemy. So here it's not about who believes who. It's that they hate Trump, and somebody's come along and... We don't even know how this all happened. It's... Look, this isn't journalism. This is Democrat Party activism -- and you're right. I even told you. If you go back, you'll find the transcript of this program on Friday. I told you, "Folks, this is gonna end someday.
"What's next? Because we got 10 months between now and the election. This isn't the end of Democrat tricks, surprises, what have you. So what's gonna be next?" Well, lo and behold (chuckles), here we are. After Trump's lawyers make their case on Saturday and destroy Schiff and his managers, guess what we have here? We'll take a break. Thank you for the call, Ileana.
RUSH: By the way, President Trump has tweeted (he's also said verbally) that he never told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations in the Democrats. He never told Bolton this. The New York Times story is that Trump told Bolton he wanted to.
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