(Tea Party 247) – Many supporters of President Trump were wary the moment he hired John Bolton, the notorious neocon war hawk, so it was with a collective sigh of relief that many waved goodbye to him when he turned in his resignation last month.
However, it appears that he may very well still be causing trouble–and lots of it–for his former boss.
Michael Synder writes that while he’s always been wary of Bolton, would he really go so far as to completely betray Trump by becoming the ‘second whistleblower’ regarding the controversial phone call with the president of Ukraine?
Unfortunately, this may very well be the case.
Let’s start with the facts as we have them at this hour. It is being reported that a “second whistleblower” has come forward, and that he is being represented by the same legal team that is representing the “first whistleblower”.
He cites a Breitbart report, which says:
On Sunday’s broadcast of “This Week,” host George Stephanopoulos opened his show with a report proclaiming a second “whistleblower.”
Stephanopoulos said, “Good morning. Welcome to ‘This Week,’ a week of head-snapping developments. The first key witness testimony to Congress. the first release of text messages from administration officials confirming the pressure campaign or Ukraine outlined in the original whistleblower complaint. That public request from President Trump calling on China to investigate Joe Biden. A new request for documents from Vice President Pence. This morning more breaking news. ABC News has learned that the legal team representing the first whistle-blower is now representing a second whistleblower. Attorney Mark Zaid said he is a member of the intelligence community with firsthand information on some of the allegations at issue.”
The original “whistleblower” had hired “a former Schumer and Hillary Clinton staffer” named Andrew Bakaj to represent him, as we’ve reported here, and is also a Biden donor.
After the revelation of this “second whistleblower,” Bakaj confirmed on Twitter that his firm is representing “multiple whistleblowers”.
IC WHISTLEBLOWER UPDATE: I can confirm that my firm and my team represent multiple whistleblowers in connection to the underlying August 12, 2019, disclosure to the Intelligence Community Inspector General. No further comment at this time. https://t.co/05b5aAVm2G
— Andrew P. Bakaj (@AndrewBakaj) October 6, 2019
Snyder summarizes what we know at this point:
-We know that the second whistleblower is a “he” according to attorney Mark Zaid.
-We know that the second whistleblower has at least some “firsthand knowledge” about the call with the president of Ukraine.
-We know that the second whistleblower has been a member of the intelligence community.
-We know that the second whistleblower is clearly not loyal to Trump.
“John Bolton certainly fits that profile,” he said.
There are always plenty of suspects in Washington DC but Snyder agrees, if he were President Trump, he’d sure be suspicious of Bolton right now.
One veteran political consultant in Washington tells Cockburn that Trump is afraid Bolton is the mastermind behind all the damaging leaks on his secret dealings with the Ukrainians; the whistleblower’s Deep Throat, if you will. This, he believes, is why Trump’s cheerleader in the Senate, Lindsay Graham, keeps asking who was feeding the CIA whistleblower who came forward with details of a call between Trump and the Ukrainian president (in which Trump asked for dirt on the Democratic frontrunner, Joe Biden). Graham tweeted: ‘It is imperative we find out which White House official talked to the whistleblower and why. Why didn’t they lodge the complaint?
According to The Hill, Bolton also “opposed the phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky” when he was still a member of the administration, which was when the phone call took place:
Former White House national security adviser John Bolton opposed the phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the center of an impeachment inquiry launched by House Democrats, NBC News reported Monday.
Three current and former administration officials told the network that Bolton was opposed to the call because he was concerned Trump wasn’t coordinating with advisers on what to say and might air personal grievances.
Bolton could, of course, simply deny that he’s the second whistleblower, which he has of yet failed to do.
Maybe he thought he could be the man who finally managed to get Trump out of the White House.
However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been perfectly clear that the Senate will defend the president when it comes down to it, at least as long as he’s the majority leader.
The Senate majority leader released last week a brief video ad on Facebook, which prompts viewers to financially support his reelection campaign, and insisted that the pathway forward for impeachment proceedings to cease is with him maintaining leadership in a Republican-controlled chamber.
‘Nancy Pelosi is in the clutches of a left-wing mob,’ McConnell said in the ad. ‘They’ve finally convinced her to impeach the President. All of you know your Constitution. The way that impeachment stops is a Senate majority, with me as majority leader.’
As long as McConnell refuses to move from that stance, it will be almost impossible for pro-impeachment forces to get enough votes to convict Trump in the Senate, and that means that Trump will almost certainly remain in the Oval Office.
But the endless coverage of this impeachment process by the mainstream media will stir up hatred on the left like never before, and it is setting the stage for utter chaos when the Republicans in the U.S. Senate vote to protect Trump.
It doesn’t take a genius to see how all of this is going to play out. But the mainstream media will continue to breathlessly cover this process 24 hours a day, and they will put relentless pressure on Republican senators in an all-out effort to get some of them to crack.
No matter how this drama plays out, this is going to be a very ugly chapter in our history, and our political system will never be the same again once it is over.