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Bolton Called To Testify In Trump Impeachment Inquiry

Audrey Conklin on October 31, 2019

House investigators called on former National Security Adviser John Bolton to testify next week in the Donald Trump impeachment inquiry, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Bolton had reportedly expressed concerns with the president’s pressure campaign on Ukraine for political information, three people who heard Oct. 14 testimony from White House aide Fiona Hill told the Times on Oct. 15.

Now, Bolton and two other top White House lawyers have been summoned to testify as lawmakers vote on impeachment proceedings Thursday, according to the Times.

The former national security adviser’s lawyer said, however, that Bolton is “not willing to appear voluntarily” but did not say what he would do if subpoenaed, the Times reported.

Hill reportedly testified that Bolton told her to notify the chief lawyer for the National Security Council that presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Gordon Sondland and White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney were making plans involving Ukraine, according to the Times citing people who heard the testimony.

Bolton, according to two of the Times’ sources, said he wanted nothing to do with whatever Sondland and Mulvaney were “cooking up,” but the third source recalled him referring to Giuliani and Mulvaney.

The former national security adviser’s summoning came on the same day Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan testified that Giuliani was involved in a smear campaign against U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, according to the Times.

Sullivan added that he didn’t think the president’s request for help from Ukraine was “in accord with our values,” the Times reported.

The president’s call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr asking him to look into former Vice President Joe Biden’s son business dealings in the country became the center of a whistleblower complaint in September, which inspired a formal impeachment inquiry initiated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, though Trump maintains the phone call was congratulatory.

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  • JOHN BOLTON IS A GREAT MAN, A GREAT AMERICAN THAT HELD THE U.S. TOGETHER AT THE UNITED NATIONS WHEN WE NEEDED HIM BADLY TO STAND UP FOR US.

    BOLTON IS ALWAYS THE ADULT IN THE ROOM.

    THERE IS NO DOUBT HIS PARTICULAR INFLUENCE HAS BEEN VERY IMPORTANT. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS HAD TO STEER US THROUGH A FIELD OF ASTEROIDS COMING AT US FROM SOVIETS, RED CHINESE, SOCIALISTS WITHIN THE U.S. THAT EXPANDS DAILY.

    ANY DISPUTES BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT AND HIS CABINET HAD BEEN TRANSPARENT AND VERY HEALTHFULLY EXPRESSED. DEMS WILL WEAPONIZE EVERYTHING...

  • Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dum - more he said that he said that someone overheard something. MY GAWD it sounds like Ilhan Omar's "some people did something" nonsense The democrats and liberal media really do think ALL Americans are STUPID

  • Not a good idea for Bolton to testify because he hate President Trump because he fired him from his job as NSA. He could open himself up for a lawsuit. So if I were Bolton, I would refuse to testify before the Schiff unconstitutional committee.

  • Not a good idea for Bolton to testify because he hate President Trump because he fired him from his job as NSA. He could open himself up for a lawsuit. So if I were Bolton, I would refuse to testify before the Schiff unconstitutional committee.

  • Indict Brennan and Ciaramella for treason .Treason = Firing squad . Lochness monsterand waterSnake swamp creatures eliminated.

  • Indict Brennan and Ciaramella for treason .Treason = Firing squad . Lochness monsterand waterSnake swamp creatures eliminated.

  • If Bolton testifies under protest, he should do exactly like Andrew McCabe did and just refuse to talk about anything he doesn't want to discuss. That tactic cuts both ways.

  • If Bolton testifies under protest, he should do exactly like Andrew McCabe did and just refuse to talk about anything he doesn't want to discuss. That tactic cuts both ways.

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