Former National Security Advisor to President
Bolton was scheduled to testify today before congressional committees conducting an impeachment inquiry, but didn’t show.
In other cases, the House Intelligence Committee opted to subpoena witnesses in order to compel them to appear. But in the case of Bolton – a high profile witness who could damage President Trump’s position – it appears to have held off.
Former National Security Advisor John Bolton wants to testify about Ukraine but wants a federal judge to sign off first
‘We would welcome John Bolton’s deposition and he did not appear as he was requested today. His counsel has informed us that unlike three other dedicated public servants who worked for him on the NSC and have complied with lawful subpoenas, Mr. Bolton would take us to court if we subpoenaed him,’ an Intelligence official said, Reuters reported.
However Bolton was depicted having a much more cooperative posture in the Post’s
Sources familiar with his views told the paper he is willing to testify about how we was alarmed by what was going on with Ukraine. Other officials have said as much. National security official Fiona Hill testified that Bolton considered Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani to be a ‘hand grenade’ and the policy he was pushing a ‘drug deal.’ Bolton would describe his conversations with the president on the topic.
But he doesn’t want to comply without a judge’s ruling on the subject, according to the paper.
Bolton has been described by other witnesses as frustrated by the effort to hold up millions in security aid to Ukraine
President Trump says he fired Bolton, although Bolton says he offered to resign first
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s committee did not subpoena Bolton Thursday, when he failed to appear despite a request
National Security Council Ukraine expert Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman(C) arrives at the Capitol Thursday. He gave a deposition earlier in the impeachment inquiry
Jennifer Williams, a special adviser to Vice President Mike Pence for Europe and Russia who is a career Foreign Service officer, arrives for a closed-door interview in the impeachment inquiry on President Donald Trump’s efforts to press Ukraine to investigate his political rival, Joe Biden, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019
Vice President Mike Pence has said he has ‘no objection’ to releasing the transcripts of his calls with Ukraine, but that has not happened yet
Judge Richard Leon, who was assigned a related case dealing with witness Charles Kupperman, appears to want to provide guidance through a ruling.
‘It is critical, in my judgment, that this matter remain on track,’ he said,
Kupperman, a White House national security aide, sued after receiving a subpoena to appear. The House then withdrew it. A separate case involves former White House counsel Don McGahn
The action behind the scenes came as a security aide to Vice President Mike Pence showed up to testify.
Jennifer Williams, a career foreign service officer who advises Pence, testified behind closed doors, with public hearings set to commence next wee.
The Vice President had his own calls with Ukrainian officials, though he has not released a transcript. He also met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Warsaw this summer.
President Trump continued to rage at the inquiry Thursday.
‘The Radical Left Dems and LameStream Media are just trying to make it hard for Republicans and me to win in 2020. The new Impeachment Hoax is already turning against them!’ he tweeted.