House Democrats appear to have given up hope in their quest to receive testimony from former national security adviser John Bolton, following a scathing letter from his lawyer, threatening a lawsuit if his client was subpoenaed, according to The Hill.
“Democrats had scheduled for Bolton to testify voluntarily on Thursday as part of the chamber’s impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, but sources ahead of his testimony said it was unlikely that the longtime GOP hawk would appear,” The Hill reported.
A House Intelligence Committee official later released a statement that stated tjat Bolton’s legal counsel notified the panel that “Mr. Bolton would take us to court if we subpoenaed him.”
“We would welcome John Bolton’s deposition and he did not appear as he was requested today,” the official said. “We regret Mr. Bolton’s decision not to appear voluntarily, but we have no interest in allowing the Administration to play rope-a-dope with us in the courts for months.”
Bolton was slated to testify at President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry next week, as Democrats look for someone to give them the necessary leverage to impeach the president, according to The DailyMail.
The former national security advisor is reportedly frustrated with the president and his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani and their foreign policy choices, calling Giuliani “a hand grenade who’s going to blow everyone up.”
Along with Bolton, National Security Council legal adviser John Eisenberg and his deputy Michael Ellis.
There is also still the possibility that the White House will attempt to block Bolton’s testimony, along with Eisenberg’s and Ellis’ due to executive privilege.
“Bolton could be a marque witness for Democrats and is in a strong position to testify as to whether there were any ‘quid pro quos’ for the Ukraine to receive nearly $400 million in American military aid,” the DailyMail reported.
“Meanwhile, Bolton’s attorneys have been speaking to the staff on the three committees handling the closed-door impeachment testimony to come up with an agreement for the former national security adviser to talk.”
“Obviously he has very relevant information and we want him to testify,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” of Bolton.
A spokesperson for Bolton did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.
Written by Savannah Pointer.