Despite the White House giving him the go-ahead to say “thanks, but no thanks”, it appears as though former national security adviser John Bolton will indeed find himself before a congressional committee in the coming days.
The Executive Branch has been instructing any and all staffers who find themselves on the receiving end of congressional subpoenas to just ignore them, with the President’s blessing, of course. And while a great many have taken this generosity gladly, a rare few have decided to go it alone in front of the House members of the intel committee, telling their story as they see fit.
Apparently, John Bolton will soon be one of these brave few.
Former national security adviser John Bolton is willing to defy the White House and testify in the House impeachment inquiry about his alarm at the Ukraine pressure campaign if a federal court clears the way, according to people familiar with his views.
Bolton could be a powerful witness for Democrats: Top State Department and national security officials already have testified that he was deeply concerned about efforts by Trump and his allies to push Ukraine to open investigations into a political rival of the president’s while the Trump administration held up military aid to that country.
The former national security adviser, who abruptly left his post in September, is expected to confirm those witnesses’ statements and describe his conversations with Trump, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing inquiry.
The longtime White House guest isn’t exactly running to the stand.
However, Bolton, a longtime GOP foreign policy adviser, does not want to comply with the Democratic inquiry without a court ruling on the ongoing constitutional dispute between the Trump administration and Congress, the people said.
During his somewhat brief tenure in the Trump White House, it appeared as though Bolton and the Commander in Chief butted heads a great deal, particularly when it came time to temper the national security adviser’s wanton desire to use military force on Iran.
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