Bolton prepared to testify in impeachment probe pending court ruling

Cheryl Sanders
November 7, 2019

A House intelligence committee official said the panel has no interest in engaging in a drawn-out court fight over a subpoena for Bolton and will simply add the White House's instructions against testifying as evidence of the president's obstruction of Congress.

Kent, who heads the European and Eurasian bureau at the State Department, expressed concerns about White House efforts to remove the then-ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.

William Taylor, Washington's top diplomat to Ukraine, and deputy assistant secretary of state George Kent are scheduled to testify next Wednesday.

The Post reported that it was not clear why Barr declined the request, but "from the moment the administration released the rough transcript, Barr made clear that whatever the president was up to, he was not a party to it".

Jennifer Williams, a special adviser to US Vice President Mike Pence for Europe and Russian Federation and a career Foreign Service officer, arrives for a closed-door interview in the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump in Washington, November 7, 2019.

USA congressional committees conducting an impeachment probe of President Donald Trump met on Thursday (Nov 7) for the first time with an adviser to Vice-President Mike Pence, but former national security adviser John Bolton failed to heed a request to appear.

Williams is Pence's special adviser on Europe and Russian Federation, and could offer important insights into the vice president's interactions with Ukrainian leaders and any contact that he might have had with Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer.

Impeachment proceedings against U.S. President Donald Trump for pressuring Ukraine to investigate a political rival will reach a critical stage next week when a Democratic-led congressional committee holds its first public hearings on the issue.

Jennifer Williams, special adviser to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence for Europe and Russian Federation, arrives on Capitol Hill for a closed-door hearing, in Washington, D.C., on November 7, 2019.

Barr reportedly said no.

An attorney for Bolton, Charles Cooper, said his client has not received a subpoena.

The battle is likely to go to the Supreme Court and could spill into next year.

They are trying to determine whether Trump froze $391-million in US security assistance for Ukraine to put pressure on Zelensky to conduct the investigation, misusing USA foreign policy for his personal gain.

Williams, a longtime foreign service officer based in London, joined Pence's team to advise on Europe and Russian Federation matters just as President Donald Trump's posture toward Ukraine threw the foreign policy establishment into disarray.

In other words - pro quo, meet quid. Conway said. "We're going to impeach a president because one witness has said my interpretation was X. Another witness says I presumed Y".

Democrats have countered that any quid pro quos are usually in furtherance of USA interests overseas, not the personal interests of a president looking to damage a potential 2020 election rival.

"Those open hearings will be an opportunity for the American people to evaluate the witnesses for themselves, to make their own determinations about the credibility of the witnesses, but also to learn firsthand about the facts of the president's misconduct", the intelligence committee's Democratic chairman, Adam Schiff, said on Wednesday.

The report and Trump's denial comes as Democrats prepare to move the impeachment inquiry into the public hearing phase.

Setting the stage for the public hearings, lawmakers have been making public transcripts of the closed-door depositions.

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