We don’t often find ourselves associating DC stalwart John Bolton with the MAGA faithful. In fact, Bolton’s war-mongering hawkishness had him largely at odds with Donald Trump during the 45th President’s first term.
But that doesn’t make Bolton an out-and-out dummy. In fact, the former national security adviser has professed a rather astute take on the situation unfolding in Manhattan and what it could mean for Trump’s 2024 reelection campaign.
Ex-national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday blasted the charges filed against his ex-boss, former President Trump, saying the indictment was “even weaker than I feared it would be.”
“Speaking as someone who very strongly does not want Donald Trump to get the Republican presidential nomination, I’m extraordinarily distressed by this document,” Bolton said on CNN. “I think this is even weaker than I feared it would be.”
Bolton, who served as Trump’s national security adviser from 2018 to 2019 before later emerging as a vocal critic of the former president, slammed the charges filed by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on Tuesday after Trump appeared in court for his arraignment. The former president was charged with 34 felony counts including falsifying business records.
Bolton and Trump appeared to be very much on the same page on Wednesday:
“I think it’s easily subject to being dismissed or a quick acquittal for Trump,” Bolton said.
The argument that the case being built by Bragg is weak is one that Trump also spun after leaving Manhattan court on Tuesday, saying on his Truth Social platform that “the hearing was shocking to many in that they had no “surprises,” and therefore, no case.”
Trump himself has slammed the case as little more than a political “witch hunt”. The former President has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.
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