Next week will mark the beginning of a new phase of the impeachment of President Donald Trump, as House Democrats begin to call witnesses for public hearings.
This means that, for the first time since the “formal impeachment inquiry” was spawned, the American people are going to have a front row seat to the shenanigans. And while some see this as an opportunity for folks like House Intel Committee Chair Adam Schiff to flex his prosecutorial muscle, there is a powerful possibility that the entire fiasco simply ends up exposing the flimsiness of the Democrats’ entire case.
One of the most important witnesses yet to appear will be former national security adviser John Bolton, who at times butted heads publicly with the President – particularly on the subject of Iran.
Now, as Bolton prepares to share his side of the story, his lawyer has indicated that his client’s testimony could be quite revealing.
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John R. Bolton, President Trump’s former national security adviser, knows about “many relevant meetings and conversations” connected to the Ukraine pressure campaign that House impeachment investigators have not yet been informed about, his lawyer told lawmakers on Friday.
The lawyer, Charles J. Cooper, made that tantalizing point in a letter to the chief House lawyer in response to House committee chairmen who have sought Mr. Bolton’s testimonyin their impeachment proceedings, arguing that his client would be willing to talk but only if a court rules that he should ignore White House objections.
Mr. Cooper did not elaborate on what meetings and conversations he was referring to, leaving it to House Democrats to guess at what Mr. Bolton might know. Mr. Bolton has been one of the most anticipated witnesses because other current and former officials have described him as deeply disturbed by the effort to pressure Ukraine to provide incriminating information about Democrats to help the president’s domestic political prospects.
Bolton last week skipped a deposition for which his presence was requested, insisting that he be given a court order to appear. This could be due to the White House having told Bolton, along with other White House staff members both past and present, not to comply with the Democrats’ demands.
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