“If John Bolton says that in the book I believe John Bolton… John’s an honest guy. He’s a man of integrity and great character, so we’ll see what happens.”
— When asked if former National Security Adviser John Bolton should testify at President Trump’s impeachment trial, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said that he supports calling witnesses, the Sarasota Herald Tribune reports.
“I said, whatever you do — and we were still in the process of trying to find someone to take my place — I said whatever you do, don’t hire a ‘yes man,’ someone who won’t tell you the truth — don’t do that. Because if you do, I believe you will be impeached.” He added: “That was almost 11 months ago, and I have an awful lot of, to say the least, second thoughts about leaving. It pains me to see what’s going on because I believe if I was still there or someone like me was there, he would not be kind of, all over the place.”
— John Kelly warned President Trump that hiring a “yes man” to succeed him would lead to impeachment and, in hindsight, regrets his decision to resign, the Washington Examiner reports.
“They’re overwhelmingly rural people. In the countries they come from, fourth-, fifth-, sixth-grade educations are kind of the norm. They don’t speak English; obviously that’s a big thing… They don’t integrate well; they don’t have skills. They’re not bad people. They’re coming here for a reason. And I sympathize with the reason. But the laws are the laws.”
— White House chief of staff John Kelly, in a NPR interview.
“To put it in terms the general would understand, his handling of the Porter scandal amounts to dereliction of duty.”
— A White House official, quoted by the Washington Post, calling chief of staff John Kelly “a big fat liar” in his handling of the Rob Porter abuse scandal.
Although his prevarications may be serial,
His majestic pronouncements are empyreal.
And so what if he spouts stinking lies,
He’s not just one of the guys,
And you simply can’t question a four-star Marine general!