Fierce backlash over John Bolton’s new tell-all book

Former acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Trump “didn’t hire very well,” as the White House and lawmakers launch a firestorm of criticisms at John Bolton’s new memoir.
2:43 | 06/19/20

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Now to the battle between president trump and his former national security adviser, John boll ton. Justice department lawyers trying to convince a federal judge to block the release of Bolton's new book. The unexpected words from president trump's former chief of staff. Martha Raddatz, who landed the first interview with John Bolton, back on the story tonight. Reporter: Tonight, as president trump fumes over John Bolton's book, a remarkable admission from former acting white house chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who is still serving in the administration. If there was one criticism that I would level against the president, is that he didn't hire very well. He did not have experience at running government and didn't know how to put together a team that could work well with him. Reporter: Bolton is only the latest member of team trump to turn against the president. In his new book, "The room where it happened," he portrays trump as inept and singularry focused on his own re-election. You describe the president as erratic, foolish, behaved irrationally, bizarrely. You can't leave him alone for a minute. He saw conspiracies behind rocks and was stunningly uninformed. He couldn't tell the difference between his personal interests and the country's interests. I don't think he's fit for office. I don't think he has the competence to carry out the job. There really isn't any guiding principle that I was able to discern, other than what's good for Donald Trump's re-election. Reporter: But Bolton himself now taking heat. Democrats are furious he was willing to tell all for his own book after refusing to testify in the house impeachment inquiry. Bolton argues the hearings were too politicized and congress should have investigated trump for additional possible impeachable offenses. Well, it's quite a charade. I give him credit for sheer nerve, because what he is saying basically is there is malpractice in impeachment because you should have investigated things I was unwilling to tell you about. Reporter: The president's team, livid. Secretary of state, Mike Pompeo calling Bolton a traitor, accessing his former colleague of spreading lies, fully-spun half-truths, and outright falsehoods. Administration lawyers are arguing Bolton's book contained classified information and should be blocked. Bolton denies this and today a judge noted copies are already in circulation, saying the horse seems to be out of the barn. No word yet on when he'll rule. Martha Raddatz with us again tonight. There's a lot more to this interview and you can see Martha's full interview this Sunday night, 9:00 P.M. Eastern. We'll be watching. Thank you.

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