John Bolton, the former national security advisor of US, admitted on Tuesday during a TV interaction that he has helped plan coups in other countries, while arguing that the January 6, 2021 riot in Washington fell short of such efforts. Bolton served as Trump’s national security adviser from 2018 to 2019.
Talking to CNN’s Jake Tapper, Bolton said the attack on the US Capitol was the result of then-president Donald Trump “just stumbling around from one idea to another”.
“As somebody who has helped plan coups d’etat, not here, but, you know, other places, it takes a lot of work,” Bolton said on CNN.
Bolton didn’t elaborate which foreign governments he had helped to overthrow. However, during his tenure, he had advocated for US military intervention in Venezuela.
Bolton said that January 6 event, where Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Hill building, was “not an attack on our democracy. It’s Donald Trump looking out for Donald Trump. It’s a once in a lifetime occurrence.”
“Ultimately, he did unleash the rioters at the Capitol. As to that, there’s no doubt. But not to overthrow the Constitution, to buy more time, to throw the matter back to the states, to try and redo the issue,” Bolton added.
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Bolton’s comments come in the wake of congressional committee working to determine whether Trump or his associates had a role in planning or encouraging the violent insurrection on January 6 that left at least five people dead and 140 police officers injured.
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