While Donald Trump still hasn’t made his selection for who will be Secretary of State, there are a few known frontrunners. John Bolton is leading the charge.
In an interview he gave to Fox News yesterday, Bolton claimed that the election hacks may not, as many people believe, have been carried out by Russia. Instead, Bolton claims that it may have been the Obama administration conducting a false flag operation on the American people.
“It is not at all clear to me just viewing this from the outside, that this hacking into the DNC and the RNC computers was not a false flag operation,” said Bolton. “A really sophisticated foreign intelligence service would not leave any cyber fingerprints. So the question that has to be asked is why did the Russians run their smart intelligence service against Hillary [Clinton]’s server, but their dumb intelligence services against the election?”
It was a serious charge, leading Bolton’s interviewer, Eric Shawn, to call it a “very serious charge.” He then referenced a report published by the Washington Post that claimed intelligence operatives believed Russia-affiliated hackers helped monkeywrench the election in Trump’s favor. Shawn pressed Bolton, “Are you actually accusing someone here in this administration, in the intelligence community, of trying to throw something?”
“We just don’t know,” he replied. He then accused the intelligence community of being overly “politicized” by the Obama administration.
Bolton offered the caveat that if the Russians were proven to be behind the hacks, and not Obama, then “we should retaliate.” The form of that retaliation was not specified.
There is support from both sides of the aisle for a nonpartisan investigation of the hacks. Senators from both the Republican and Democratic parties released a joint statement recently calling for the investigation. “This cannot be a partisan issue,” the statement read. “The stakes are too high for our country.”
John Bolten is a lawyer and diplomat who has served in multiple Republican administrations. He was the US ambassador to the United Nations from August 2005 to December 2006, under George W. Bush. Now, he is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a senior advisor for Freedom Capital Investment Management and a Fox News talking head. He also actively participates in a plethora of conservative think tanks, including the NRA, the Council for National Policy and the Gatestone Institute.
He has a good shot at becoming Secretary of State, but only time will tell.