Ted Lieu just hilariously roasted John Bolton by “leaking” a notepad photo of his own


Yesterday, notoriously hawkish National Security Advisor John Bolton was photographed holding a yellow notepad which had on it prominently written the words “5000 troops to Colombia.”

Speculation immediately exploded that Bolton — a man known for his bloodthirsty warmongering — might be pushing for U.S. military intervention in Venezuela, where the Trump administration has already endorsed opposition leader Juan Guaidó against sitting president Nicolás Maduro.

At the same time, it’s possible that Bolton intentionally flashed the blatant note in the hopes of intimidating the Maduro regime into capitulating to U.S. demand by raising the specter of military action. Either case is unsettling given the Trump administration’s terrible track record of botching even the most simple foreign policy initiatives. The last thing they should be trusted with is meddling in a struggle that could possibly devolve into a civil war.

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Now, prominent Trump administration critic Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) has taken to Twitter to troll Bolton over the photo. He posted an image of himself at a vending machine, intentionally angling a yellow notepad towards the camera, on which is written the phrase “5000 documents subpoenaed by House Judiciary.”

It was a clever jab from Lieu, reminding Trump and his lackeys that the Democrats are digging into every corner of their corrupt apparatus now that they’ve seized back control of the House of Representatives from Republicans. The subpoenas are piling up even as Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues his own investigation into members of the Trump campaign.


Bolton may be fantasizing about U.S. intervention, but it’s only a matter of time before his boss and he are booted out of the White House. He’d be better off backing off, taking no major actions, and waiting for his time to run out.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.