Shortly after Donald Trump became the president, his first national security adviser of the White House, Michael Flynn, found himself caught in a scandal, forced to resign in disgrace. The third national security adviser hasn’t even started yet, but there are already reasons to worry about the significant controversies about John Bolton.
Generally, the concerns surrounding notorious warmonger Bolton have been about his radicalism, a record for failure, his bloodthirstiness, and his bullying. But as Rachel explained in the beginning of the show last night, CNBC reported yesterday that Bolton met with White House attorneys “about possible conflicts of interest.”
The exact sticking points for Bolton are unclear, but ethics experts say the appearance of a possible future role for Bolton with an entity such as a political action committee could be a cause for concern for White House officials. Bolton’s PAC and super PAC, which are no longer receiving or spending capital, have been financial players in the early going of the midterm election cycle.
White House lawyers and Bolton continue to discuss and review any potential conflicts of interests for the former U.N. ambassador, sources with direct knowledge of the matter told CNBC on the condition of anonymity. A spokesman for Bolton, however, said that there haven’t been any issues.
That point about Bolton’s PAC and super PAC is worth considering because of questions regarding the evil warmongering future White House national security adviser that must be answered.
Bolton intends to stop these campaign entities. While this sounds reasonable according to the stance he’s poised to take, it isn’t as straightforward as it seems. Bolton’s committees have raised and invested a lot of cash for this year’s midterm elections, so the wind-down will likely be difficult.
However, like Rachel said on the show, Bolton’s political operation’s recent past is more interesting.
Cambridge Analytica, which is funded by the Trump megadonor Robert Mercer, has become an international controversy, but we’ve learned that the firm also worked intimately with Bolton’s outfit – also closely tied to Mercer – in an attempt to get Republican candidates elected. Indeed, Bolton did benefit from the firm’s majorly problematic work with Facebook data.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller, along with others, has been publicly scrutinizing Cambridge Analytica. In other words, federal investigators are looking into this issue.
To make matters even worse, a Russian gun-rights organization under investigation for funneling Russian money into pro-Trump efforts has worked with Bolton.
It’s because of all this suspicion that White House lawyers have some “questions” for Bolton.