For a time, at least, it seemed The view I didn’t know what to do with John Bolton.
Under Joy Behar’s questioning, the former national security adviser deftly evaded a commitment to testify before Congress if he was subpoenaed before the 2020 election. A question from Meghan McCain about the title of her Broadway-inspired book was even more futile. . “Do you understand that it is insulting for fans of Hamilton to co-opt Lin-Manuel Miranda’s art for your own political purposes? she asked nonsense.
But the hosts finally found their balance at the end of the interview when it came to Bolton’s refusal to voluntarily share his damning information about President Trump during impeachment, rather than save it for his book.
After Sunny Hostin confirmed with Bolton that she knew Trump tried to dirty Joe Biden’s family in exchange for unfreezing aid to Ukraine, Whoopi Goldberg said: “So this is information that he did not share with Congress, but that he knew all the obstacles that everyone was jumping over. Did you know that the impeachment test was preparing to fail. You say that the Democrats committed impeachment, but I think everyone in power there did this. “
“Everyone did this to the American people, and you knew it!” She continued. “I want to believe that the great American you are thinking of knew this was happening and wanted to do something and just felt like your hands were tied. Because if you knew this was all happening, why didn’t you step up and say, I don’t care, that’s not what America is supposed to be like? Why didn’t you step up? ”
In response, Bolton avoided the question by highlighting the actions he took when he was still part of the Trump administration and calling the impeachment a “party-yelling party.” But after a break, Hostin once again returned to this same line of questions.
Clearly exasperated with his guest, Hostin said: “You say that Trump is not fit to be president, and 120,000 people have died from the coronavirus.” Race relations in our country are at their lowest point, and just today you admitted that you were in the room when President Trump demanded a quid pro quo with Ukraine. You were in the room when he was asking China to intrude on our elections. Holding up his book, he said, “You were in the room, which is what you say is the title of your book, and you decided not to testify!”
“You are one of the reasons, if not the reason, that President Trump is still in office and was not charged,” Hostin added. Help me understand why your silence is not complicity in this. You were in the room where it happened!
When Bolton told him that his testimony “was not going to make any difference,” Hostin replied, “That is not true!”
“Let me finish, please,” Bolton replied, before passing the blame on to the Democrats once again. “Due to the malpractice of the Democratic indictment, they took the parties to their partisan corners, and that’s where it stayed.”
“I have chosen a different route,” he continued. “I have presented the evidence to the final judges who are the American people, and if you don’t trust their judgment, then there is a real problem with our democracy and our Constitution. They are the ones who should be making this decision, and what better time to assess Donald Trump’s competence and character than in the middle of an election?