Here’s an angle I hadn’t seen on the Bolton book bombshell (via Digby)
We don’t know how this manuscript came into the New York Times’ hands, but the paper claims that Bolton shared drafts with close associates and delivered one to the White House to determine whether it contains classified information as is usual practice. While the motive behind leaking it is unclear, it stands to reason that Bolton may have feared that the White House would withhold the book on national security grounds after hearing the president say this in Davos last week:
The problem with John is that it’s a national security problem. You know, you can’t have somebody who’s at national security — and, if you think about it, John, he knows some of my thoughts. He knows what I think about leaders. What happens if he reveals what I think about a certain leader, and it’s not very positive, and then I have to deal on behalf of the country? It’s going to be very hard.
That sounds very much like a rationale Trump’s lawyers were testing out to keep Bolton’s book from seeing the light of day.
Yeah, it sure does. So, maybe Bolton orchestrated the leak to prevent the Trump administration from quashing his book on national security grounds? That’s a lot more plausible to me than Bolton’s being motivated by patriotism. Every single one of Trump’s low-quality hires have failed that test.