John Bolton’s Lawyer Says the Ex-Trump Adviser Has Knowledge of Undisclosed Ukraine Meetings, Conversations

A handout picture made available by the presidential press service shows Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, left, shaking hands with John Bolton during their meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, on Aug. 28, 2019. Presidential Press Service via EPA-EFE

John Bolton, President Trump’s ousted national security adviser, seemed to tease House Democrats on Friday with a legal missive that said he has information about many as-yet-undisclosed “meetings and conversations” related to their Ukraine investigation.

A day after Bolton failed to appear voluntarily before the House impeachment panel, his lawyer, Charles Cooper, sent a letter to the committee hinting at Bolton’s potential to be a star witness.

Bolton was “personally involved in many of the events, meetings, and conversations about which you have already received testimony,” the letter says, “as well as many relevant meetings and conversations that have not yet been discussed in the testimonies thus far.”

Cooper offered no additional details in the three-page letter, which is largely devoted to legal questions surrounding whether Bolton should comply with the House Democrats’ request for his testimony.

After Bolton refused to appear voluntarily, Democrats said they would not subpoena him because it would only delay their proceedings.

“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,” a House Intelligence Committee official told USA TODAY on Thursday.

Cooper said Bolton is willing to testify if the courts resolve a conflict between a White House directive not to testify and a congressional subpoena compelling such testimony. But it’s not clear if the courts will address that question, because the House Democrats have not subpoenaed Bolton and they have withdrawn a subpoena for another witness, Charles Kupperman, who served as Bolton’s deputy at the National Security Council.

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SOURCE: USA Today – Deirdre Shesgreen