Bolton To Give Closed-Door Impeachment Testimony Next Week

October 31, 2019   |   by James G. Dalton

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton is scheduled to testify next Thursday in Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry, according to the New York Times’ Nicholas Fandos.

Also testifying next week will be NSC lawyer John Eisenberg and one of his deputies, Michael Ellis.

Word of Bolton’s testimony comes after CNN reported that his attorneys were in discussions with House committees about participating in the impeachment investigations.

Bolton was fired by President Trump last month after he ‘disagreed strongly’ with the noted war hawk’s suggestions.

While Trump had reportedly been growing displeased with Bolton’s belligerent recommendations and overall demeanor (recall “Bolton ‘Deep in His Heart’ Believes Trump Is a ‘Moron,’ Former Aide Claims”), the tipping point happened when Bolton expressed his displeasure with Trump’s impromptu invitation of the Taliban to Camp David on the week of the Sept 11 anniversary, a peace overture which collapsed almost as quickly as it was announced.

Bolton was also reportedly ‘so alarmed’ by efforts to encourage Ukraine to investigate the Bidens and 2016 election meddling that he told an aide, Fiona Hill, to alert White House lawyers, according to the New York Times.

Earlier this month Hill testified that Bolton got into a heated confrontation on July 10 with Trump’s EU ambassador, Gordon D. Sondland, who was working with Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani to investigate Democrats. Hill said that Bolton told her to notify the top attorney for the National Security Council about the ‘rogue’ effort by Sondland, Giuliani and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

“I am not part of whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up,” Bolton apparently told Hill to tell the lawyers.

It was not the first time Mr. Bolton expressed grave concerns to Ms. Hill about the campaign being run by Mr. Giuliani. “Giuliani’s a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up,” Ms. Hill quoted Mr. Bolton as saying during an earlier conversation.

The testimony revealed in a powerful way just how divisive Mr. Giuliani’s efforts to extract damaging information about Democrats from Ukraine on President Trump’s behalf were within the White House. Ms. Hill, the senior director for European and Russian affairs, testified that Mr. Giuliani and his allies circumvented the usual national security process to run their own foreign policy efforts, leaving the president’s official advisers aware of the rogue operation yet powerless to stop it. –NYT

It is unknown if Bolton’s testimony is voluntary, or if he will be issued a subpoena according to the Daily Mail.

via zerohedge

Recent Comments

  1. Robin Conatser

    October 31, 2019 @ 3:46 pm

    We already know how thi testimony will go. Bolton hates Trump. He never should have been given a job in the Trump administration. It was a mistake. Bolton is a hawk. He loves war. I believe the American people are way to smart to believe anything he says. I am so sick of all this. GET TO WORK WASHINGTON. DO WHAT WE PAY YOU FOR.

  2. Joseph Corson

    November 1, 2019 @ 4:35 am

    Bolton is just another in a long line of Trump hating loud mouths who would have got us all killed if he’d had his way!! A bloodthirsty war monger with a bad attitude and an even bigger mouth! The President was correct in firing the disrespectful hypocrite! Who cares if the fool testifies? Schiff and his Nazi pigs got NOTHING!! Besides, everybody knows Schiff is the scum of the Earth! Trump/Pence 2020!!

  3. Proud vet

    November 2, 2019 @ 3:22 am

    The communist party at work once again! The communist kangaroo court always looking for ways to destroy America. It can only happen if we the people stand by and let it . I caught the media in another lie on the radio tonight saying that 50% of the Americans want Trump impeached. If that was true, all his rallies would be virtually empty which is another lie. I believe it was either CBS or ABC which ever one it was the broadcast this propaganda or lies and deceit one of the other

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