Published: Thu, November 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

John Bolton fails to appear before impeachment investigators

John Bolton fails to appear before impeachment investigators

Bolton was asked to appear for a closed-door deposition Thursday, but he has not been subpoenaed yet and did not appear.

"His assertions and allegations against former ambassador Yovanovitch were without basis, untrue, period", Kent told lawmakers, during a closed-door session on October 15 as part of the impeachment probe of Trump.

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

House Democrats are investigating Trump's pressure on Ukraine to investigate political rivals as aid money was being withheld from the Eastern European country.

Former US national security adviser John Bolton is reportedly willing to testify in the Trump impeachment inquiry about the administration's involvement in Ukraine, if a federal court resolves a constitutional dispute between the White House and Congress.

His three-page update, tucked beneath hundreds of pages of sworn testimony from Sondland and former Ukraine Special Envoy Kurt Volker, was released by House investigators as Democrats prepared to push the closed-door sessions to public hearings as soon as next week.

While the appearance drew praise from Trump, it also raised alarms from critics already wary of his independence after Barr released a letter summarizing the reports' conclusions, which Mueller later complained "did not fully capture the context, nature and substance" of the full report and led to "public confusion about critical aspects of the results of" the investigation.

Jennifer Williams, a special adviser to U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence for Europe and Russian Federation, and also a career foreign service officer, arrived for a closed-door interview on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday.

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Much-needed USA military aid to Ukraine was being held up at the time, prompting speculation of a quid pro quo. Numerous people & news outlets including Real Clear Politics already ID'd him", Trump Jr. tweeted.

The battle is likely to go to the Supreme Court and could spill into next year. Williams was one of a handful of US officials who listened in on the call. Cooper had previously said Bolton wouldn't appear without one.

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

Senate Republicans have so far shown little appetite for ousting the president.

Lawmakers will seek information from Williams about how much Pence knew about efforts by Trump and those around him to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, as well as foreign interference in the 2016 USA election.

It painted a damning picture of Trump offering a quid pro quo.

The White House is holding tight to its "no quid pro quo" defense, even after EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland confirmed it in a revision to his previous testimony in the House impeachment probe.

"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. While a House panel has been hearing testimonies in closed-door sessions from several officials in recent weeks, this will be the first time the entirety of the questioning will be public.

If the Democratic-controlled House votes to impeach Trump, the Republican-controlled Senate would then hold a trial on whether to remove him from office.

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