But given Bolton’s own reluctance to speak out ― apparently to save his revelations for a book ― it didn’t go over very well.
Kelly made headlines on Thursday for speaking in support of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who reported Trump’s attempts to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political rivals. Kelly also praised immigrants, who Trump constantly smears, among other criticisms of the president at an event in New Jersey.
John Kelly is an honorable man. John and I have disagreed at times, as is commonplace at senior government levels, but he has always served his country faithfully. Conservatives especially have a responsibility to reject baseless attacks upon him.— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) February 13, 2020
Bolton last year refused to appear during the House impeachment inquiry for a voluntary deposition, and his attorney said he would sue if subpoenaed. He said he would testify if called before the Senate during Trump’s impeachment trial, but GOP leaders allowed no witnesses.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), one of the House impeachment managers, said managers approached Bolton to sign an affidavit regarding what he witnessed during his time in the White House.
“For whatever reason, he apparently was willing to testify before the Senate, but apart from that, seems intent on saving it for his book,” Schiff said earlier this month on MSNBC. “He’ll have to answer for that.”
Bolton is also being asked on Twitter to answer for his message in support of Kelly:
Did you clear this with your publisher first— Letters of Note (@LettersOfNote) February 13, 2020
Honorable would have been for you and Kelly testify for Trump’s impeachment hearings.— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) February 13, 2020
Conservatives, especially, have a special responsibility to stand up for the rule of law, our institutions, the separation of powers, the Constitution, and AGAINST a monarchical corrupt president. You know this John Bolton. Do something.— Rachel "The Doc" Bitecofer 📈🔭🍌 (@RachelBitecofer) February 13, 2020
In fairness, Ambassador, you wouldn't know what honor is if it subpoenaed you for testimony.— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) February 13, 2020
La la la la la la la la la la la la la— Denise Wu (@denisewu) February 13, 2020
Don’t ever want to hear from you
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in or out, john. you can't walk both sides of some fences— Luke Zaleski (@ZaleskiLuke) February 13, 2020
Mr. Bolton, @AmbJohnBolton— mollyswordmcdonough🌊 (@mollysmcdonough) February 13, 2020
We have no interest in anything you have to say, unless you say it under oath.
Conservative, liberal or anyone between, we have a responsibility to do the right thing. So do it.— DianaD (@DianaDaschel) February 14, 2020
go eat a pinecone covered in yellow jackets, john— kilgore trout, iowa caucus winner (@KT_So_It_Goes) February 13, 2020
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.