Published: Wed, October 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

John Bolton Reportedly Called Rudy Giuliani a ‘Hand Grenade’

John Bolton Reportedly Called Rudy Giuliani a ‘Hand Grenade’

On Monday, President Trump's former adviser on Russian Federation and Europe Fiona Hill sat before the House committees leading the Trump-impeachment inquiry for a marathon ten hours of testimony, claiming that she considered the White House's efforts in Ukraine to be a counterintelligence risk.

- House Democrats are gauging support for a vote to formally authorize the impeachment inquiry.

The NYT adds: "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".

Bolton additionally warned that President Donald Trump's private lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who has emerged as the goal man within the president's alleged drive to strain Ukraine to dig up dust on Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, is "a hand grenade who's going to blow everyone up", his aide Fiona Hill instructed lawmakers, in keeping with the New York Instances.

The investigation is focussed on the July call in which Trump pressed Zelenskiy to have Ukraine officials investigate Biden and his businessman son, Hunter Biden, who had been on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

Alarmed at what she heard, Hill said she left the meeting and was advised to see National Security Council lawyer John Eisenberg, the person said.

Top Democrats say testimony and evidence coming in from other witnesses, and even the Republican president himself, are backing up the whistleblower's account of what transpired during Trump's July 25 phone call with Zelenskiy.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"They want a fight, then let us arm ourselves completely and totally with the full power of the Congress", Garamendi said.

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The pace of the House Democrats' investigation quickened as they lined up additional witnesses to testify in closed sessions. If former Vice President Joe Biden brings his A-game for a change, it could be favorable for stocks short-term as it may pressure the surging Warren in the polls.

If accurate, then this shows that Trump's attempt to influence Ukraine was not a personal initiative but a controversial and widely known plan among his confidants, with Pompeo at least tacitly in favor, Bolton against, Barr out of the loop, and Giuliani and Sondland as the men on the ground.

Other US government officials have not been as reluctant to cooperate.

Giuliani faces a Tuesday deadline to produce documents related to the Ukraine matter subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee. He has not said whether he will comply.

Rudy Giuliani has had a tough couple of weeks and that trend continued to get worse when he confirmed on CNN that his attorney, Jon Sale, has cut off his representation with the former New York Mayor.

Mr Sondland is expected to be asked why he relayed from Mr Trump to other diplomats that the President said no "quid pro quos" connecting the Biden investigation with the USA aid. Yovanovitch told lawmakers there was a "concerted campaign" against her based on "unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives". Giuliani's efforts to prod Ukraine into investigating 2020 Democratic presidential frontrunner Joseph R. Biden.

Democrats have accused Mr Trump of pressuring a vulnerable USA ally to dig up dirt on a domestic rival after withholding US$391 million (S$535.15 billion) in United States security aid meant to help combat Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of Ukraine. Zelensky agreed to investigate.

Several high-profile officials, including former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, former National Security Advisor aid Fiona Hill and career diplomat George Kent, have so-far defied that directive and testified.

According to a whistleblower complaint about the call, Trump pressured Zelenskiy to open a probe into the Bidens. "Moreover, documents sought in the subpoena are protected by attorney-client, attorney work-product, and executive privileges".

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