Former national security adviser John Bolton went on a tirade against former President Donald Trump over continuing his 2024 campaign despite the federal indictment against him.
Bolton served as Trump’s national security advisor for over a year, but the two had a falling out over their many policy disagreements.
Bolton has become a fierce critic of Trump, recently telling CNN that Trump did “enormous damage” to the Republican Party and the country as a whole.
On Friday, Bolton went on a Twitter tirade against his former boss.
“Donald Trump should immediately withdraw as a candidate for president. Criminal charges are piling up around him. If Trump truly stood for America First policies, he would support the rule of law instead of continually flouting it. Withdraw now!” he said.
Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, also a 2024 presidential candidate, called for Trump to drop out as well, saying it would be a “huge distraction” during the election cycle.
Trump Denies Wrongdoing
The indictments unsealed on Friday before Bolton’s comments are the second set of charges, but first federal charges, Trump is facing. He was indicted on 34 counts of falsifying business records earlier this spring in Manhattan.
Those charges originate from hush money payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels by Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, regarding her alleged affair with the former president before the 2016 election.
The latest charges reference classified material found in Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. He was charged with 31 counts of willful retention of national defense information, an Espionage Act violation, along with six other charges related to the documents.
Trump has argued that the investigation into the documents is politically motived, especially as similar charges against former Vice President Mike Pence were dropped and a nearly identical investigation against current President Joe Biden has been carried out mostly behind closed doors.