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January 28, 2020

The John Bolton who worked in the Reagan administration probably never saw this coming.

According to Fox Business' Lou Dobbs, Bolton, who has never drifted from Republican politics in his 40-plus years in Washington, D.C., is now "a tool for the left." That's what a graphic on Dobbs' show declared Monday night, while a zany web connected Bolton to "foreign policy RINO" Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and former FBI Director James Comey.

Bolton was Romney's foreign policy adviser during his 2012 presidential run, and through Bolton, Romney is apparently connected to Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and his brother Col. Yevgeny Vindman, Dobbs' very simplified web map showed. Yevgeny Vindman is an attorney for the National Security Council, so Dobbs mirrored right-wing publications in alleging Vindman may have leaked the chunk of Bolton's book that reportedly implicates Trump in a Ukraine quid pro quo. Bolton also shares a book agency with Comey and fellow former Trump official Cliff Sims, which somehow apparently furthers the case that Bolton "has been reduced to a tool for the radical Dems," Dobbs said Monday.

Bolton, of course, was also Dobbs' Fox colleague for more than a decade before he left the network to become Trump's national security adviser. He worked in the three prior GOP administrations before that, and as The New York Times' Maggie Haberman noted, Fox owner Rupert Murdoch helped push Bolton over the edge when Trump was considering him for the national security spot. Kathryn Krawczyk

August 10, 2018

President Trump used to be a fan of what he now calls the "Fake Washington Post" — as well as its owner, who's now his enemy No. 1.

In a previously unaired chunk of a 2013 interview, Trump was asked about Jeff Bezos' purchase of The Washington Post, and it bore no resemblance to how he'd describe the Amazon founder today.

"I'm a fan of The Washington Post," Trump told ABC News' Jon Karl in 2013, also heaping praise on the Graham family, who used to own the paper. "And I have to tell you I think that Jeff, who really is an amazing guy, I think he's going to bring it to that next plateau."

Trump wasn't sure if Bezos was going to make money on the Post, but said that "ultimately, he probably will." If anything, Bezos would surely bring the paper "into the internet age," Trump told ABC News.

Today, Trump doesn't seem to hate the Post as much as the failing New York Times. But he still explicitly called the paper "fake" in a March tweet, and said it's become a "lobbyist" for Bezos. Trump's anti-Bezos opinions actually sprouted within two years of spewing niceties to ABC News, seeing as he accused Bezos of using the Post as a "tax shelter" to "screw" the public in December 2015 tweet.

Nearly three years after his first insult, Trump is still stuck on bashing Bezos. Meanwhile, his 2013 prediction — that Bezos would "ultimately" profit off the Post — is starting to come true. Kathryn Krawczyk

April 10, 2018

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has called Hillary Clinton "morally reprehensible." He has said her handling of the 2012 Benghazi attack was "worse, in some ways," than Watergate, and has asserted that she was more concerned with her "legacy" in its wake.

Now, he's asking her for advice.

Pompeo, tapped by President Trump to replace the ousted Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, has reached out to Clinton — along with every other living former secretary — to prepare for a difficult Senate confirmation hearing, Politico reported.

Clinton, perhaps unexpectedly, didn't just hit ignore on the call. There were "lengthy" discussions between former state secretaries and the potential secretary-to-be, sources told Politico.

Maybe it's because Clinton sees a "glimmer of hope" in her adversary, as she said earlier this week. Pompeo didn't uproot career intelligence officials when he joined the CIA, Clinton noted, adding that she hoped he could "rebuild" the State Department that Tillerson "decimated."

Pompeo will sit before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday. Kathryn Krawczyk

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