Bolton's book: So what?

Everyone except the most diehard Trump supporters acknowledges that the president tried to get Ukraine to investigate possible wrong-doing by Joe Biden.  That former national security adviser John Bolton  reportedly claims in a new book that Trump wanted to withhold military aid from Ukraine until it committed to investigate  Democratic rival Joe Biden isn’t startling.

The question is whether or not it is cause for removing Trump from office. You can argue both ways.

But you’d think that it was the final nail in Trump’s coffin from seeing and hearing the orgasmic reporting and commentary on the disclosure of Biden’s charge. Bombshell. Bombshell. Bombshell.

The news, of course, came precisely as Trump’s legal team was making its defense in the Senate, squeezing out media coverage. Mission accomplished.

Yet, it’s ho-hum news. It adds nothing new to the facts: Trump tried to pressure Ukraine to investigate Biden, and he should have. It smells of corruption. Trump’s critics are equally blind to the conclusion that the two Bidens’ actions are  at least as corrupt as lagging son Hunter a Chicag0-style, do-nothing and bountiful job for which he was unqualified.

Again, AP displays gross bias in its coverage, reporting, for instance, that “there has been no evidence of wrongdoing by either the former vice president or his son.” Astonishing.

Wrongdoing definition: 1:”evil or improper behavior or action…2: an instance of doing wrong.” To claim that it is vitally self-evident that using political clout to install your son in a lucrative position is not “wrongdoing” reveals either ignorance, naivety or malevolence. 
And again, in the AP’s story: “[Defense team member Alan] Dershowitz, the final speaker of the evening, argued that impeachable offenses require criminal-like conduct — a view largely rejected by legal scholars.” What “legal scholars?” Has the AP surveyed legal scholars–however it defines them–to confirm that they “largely reject” the view?
Trump’s claims about “fake” media are over the top, but he’s not wrong to charge there’s media bias against him. 

My historical novel: Madness: The War of 1812

Want to subscribe to the Barbershop? Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.


Leave a comment
  • fb_avatar

    Comey's book was supposed to sink the Trump was McCabe's and I can't count how many others. Typically of the NYT they released the Bolton story without seeing the manuscript---all hearsay.

    President Trump said he wish he didn't have to give aid to the Ukaine---but he did any way. I might say that I wish I didn't have to pay that parking ticket and I may try to get out of it---but I did any way.

  • You don't follow the news very closely, do you? You condemn A.P. for stating that the position taken by Alan Dershowitz is "a view largely rejected by legal scholars." In fact, Dershowitz himself agreed Monday evening that his is a minority position among legal scholars.

    Who are the others? Just those scholars who have written books in the last year or so would include Lawrence Tribe, Frank Bowman, Cass Sunstein and Neal Katyal. Unlike Dershowitz, all are constitutional law scholars and all disagree with his conclusion.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    If you want an AP story confirming this, see the following:

  • Excellent. Reporting as it should be done. I wasn't contesting the assertion that experts felt that way. Only that the story requires attribution. Otherwise, it reads as an assertion by the reporter. At least that's what they taught us in journalism school.

  • Trump didn't want Zelensky to investigate corruption in Ukraine. He only wanted him to announce that he was going to investigate it.

    Furthermore, Sondland said that Trump didn't give a sh-t about Ukraine. That Trump only wanted dirt on Biden.

  • Dennis, I disagree that there's media bias against Trump. Trump is a pathological liar and a notorious con man. The media is just trying to report the truth about his corrupt administration.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    He's a pathological liar, yes. And a lot of other things. But you don't have to go far past the examples I gave to find a media bias against him. Straight, hard-news and fair reporting about Trump can occur at the same time as biased coverage..

Leave a comment

  • Advertisement:
  • Advertisement:
  • ChicagoNow is full of win

    Welcome to ChicagoNow.

    Meet our bloggers,
    post comments, or
    pitch your blog idea.

  • Visit my new website

    I'm a freelance writer, editor and author. I can help you with a wide variety of projects. Check out my new website at

  • Subscribe to The Barbershop

    Enter your email address:

    Delivered by FeedBurner

  • Dennis Byrne’s Facebook Fan Page

  • Like me on Facebook

  • Our National Debt

  • Twitter

  • Tags

  • Recent Comments

  • /Users/dennisby/Desktop/trailer.mp4
  • Advertisement: