Lawyers for John Bolton hinted Friday that Trump’s former National Security Advisor is privy to “many” meetings and conversations relevant to the Ukraine investigation that House investigators still do not know about and might be willing to testify about them if forced to do so.
In a letter to House committee members conducting the impeachment inquiry obtained by the New York Times, the lawyer representing both Bolton and his deputy, Charles M. Kupperman, said Bolton “was personally involved in many of the events, meetings, and conversations about which you have already received testimony, as well as many relevant meetings and conversations that have not yet been discussed in the testimonies thus far.”
The letter from Charles J. Cooper was sent to House officials who have attempted to compel Bolton and his deputy to testify in the ongoing impeachment inquiry, which is expected to be conducted in open hearings next week. Bolton has said he will not testify before the committee but left open the possibility of doing so if he were subpoenaed.
House officials initially issued such a subpoena but later withdrew it when Bolton said he wanted a court to decide whether he can be forced to testify. As it stands, the White House has told him, along with several other administration officials, not to speak, and Congress has told him he should. He is asking for a federal judge to decide which branch of government, the legislative or executive, takes precedence.
In explaining their withdrawal of Bolton’s subpoena, Congressional officials have said they are reluctant to get dragged into a lengthy court battle with Bolton that might slow down the impeachment inquiry.
Cooper did not elaborate further on the “events, meetings or conversations” to which he was referring in the letter.
Trump unceremoniously fired Bolton on Twitter in September after the longtime Republican hawk and Fox News contributor had served 17 months as National Security Advisor.