Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has given a rubber-stamp endorsement to John Bolton's new book-claim that President Trump tied military aid for Ukraine to his demands to investigate the Bidens.
"If John Bolton says that in the book I believe John Bolton," said Kelly, adding "John’s an honest guy. He’s a man of integrity and great character, so we’ll see what happens."
Kelly also endorsed Democratic calls to subpoena witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial, which would of course mean a Bolton testimony, adding that "the majority of Americans would like to hear the whole story."
Of course, in 2008 then-President George W. Bush blasted Bolton, reportedly telling a group of journalists: "Let me just say from the outset that I don’t consider Bolton credible." (via The Federalist)
Bolton was one of the primary proponents of the claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, requiring a ground invasion and regime change by U.S. troops. “We are confident that Saddam Hussein has hidden weapons of mass destruction and production facilities in Iraq,” Bolton said in 2002.
Even after those claims were debunked and the promised weapons of mass destruction were never found, he remained a steadfast supporter of the Iraq War, claiming it couldn’t be proved that the ensuing chaos was caused by the decision to remove Hussein from power.
According to New York Times reporter Peter Baker, Bush told the assembled writers he did not think his hire of Bolton had been worth it in the end.
“I spent political capital for him,” Bush reportedly said, complaining he got little in return. -The Federalist
So - two Presidents say Bolton was a terrible pick, but John Kelly - who did nothing but talk shit about Trump to his aides, loves the guy.