John Bolton To Testify at Impeachment Hearing
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Although people familiar with the matter told The New York Times that the invitation was a request at this time, not a subpoena, the U.K. Daily Mail confirmed that Bolton is on the schedule but it is unclear if his testimony would be voluntary.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel said that although a subpoena has not yet been issued, it would be “something that we would consider” if Bolton refuses to show.
“I’ve always found him to be very straightforward and honest about what he believes,” Engel said on Wednesday, according to CNN.
According to The Times, the White House could say that Bolton, as a former senior aide to President Donald Trump, “is absolutely immune from providing testimony from Congress and direct him not to show up.”
If this occurs, Bolton could decide for himself whether to follow the White House’s instructions. His former deputy, Charles Kupperman, defied a subpoena on Monday and refused to appear for his deposition, CNN reported.
According to testimony from Fiona Hill, Trump’s former Russia adviser, Bolton had gotten into a heated argument on July 10 with Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union, and told Hill to alert the chief lawyer of the National Security Council, The Times reported.
Hill also quoted Bolton as saying “Giuliani’s a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up” in a different conversation.
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“John Bolton is a very important witness. We already know from the testimony of others that this is someone who is concerned that people in the State Department … were cooking up a drug deal and by that he meant a corrupt deal involving withholding a White House meeting or perhaps withholding of aid as well for these political purposes,” Schiff said.
“Obviously he has very relevant information and we do want him to come in and testify.”
John Eisenberg, the top lawyer for the National Security Council, and Michael Ellis, one of his deputies, have also been requested to testify on Monday, The Times reported.
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