Rep. Banks: Bolton book a “betrayal of the president”

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WASHINGTON — Indiana Congressman Jim Banks is calling former National Security advisor John Bolton’s book a “betrayal of the president.”

“This is the worst type of get-rich-quick scheme that I have ever seen,” Banks said on Fox Business Network on Thursday, June 18. “I hate talking about it because unfortunately there’s a market out there by liberals to buy books like these that bash the president.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accuses Bolton of “spreading lies” calling Bolton a “traitor” and that his book is “sad and dangerous.” The Trump administration is trying to block the book by court order saying there could be classified information in it.

The tell-all book by Bolton is a memoir of his time as President Trump’s national security advisor.

Excerpts that have been leaked to the public show claims by Bolton that President Trump tried to solicit help from Chinese President Xi Jinping to get re-elected in the 2020 presidential election. Bolton also claims Trump supported the building of prison camps for Muslims in China.

“Chairman Xi and the Chinese Communist Party want Joe Biden to win the presidential election in the fall,” Banks said. “They don’t want President Trump so what … Secretary Pompeo had to say to dispute his claims show that this book is probably not worth the price tag.”

The excerpts also criticize Democrats in Congress from being too narrow-minded on the Ukraine scandal in which the president was investigated for trying to curry favors from Ukrainian leaders in order to try and dig up dirt on political rivals. Those investigations led to a subsequent impeachment trial in the Senate and Trump’s eventual acquittal.

Bolton’s book is set to be released early next week barring a judge does not block its release.

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