The House's impeachment inquiry is turning attention toward former national security adviser John Bolton, after a former top aide delivered explosive testimony Monday describing how he was infuriated by a shadow operation being conducted by the president's allies and his lawyer in Ukraine to dig up dirt on the president's political rivals.
Giuliani was sent the subpoena by the House Intelligence Committee on September 30, following consultation with the Foreign Affairs, Oversight and Reform, and Judiciary committees.
Ms Hill also told the investigators she had strongly and repeatedly objected to the sacking earlier this year of former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, according to the person familiar with the testimony.
The State Department has ordered active officials not to appear before the committees, but two other former U.S officials have not been blocked from testifying: special envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker, who resigned after it was revealed how he facilitated Giuliani's effort, and Fiona Hill, the senior Russian Federation official on Trump's National Security Council who departed days before Trump's controversial call with Ukraine's new president Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
Meanwhile, former New Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he will not comply with a congressional subpoena on October 15.
The Times reported that Hill said her then-boss, former national security advisor John Bolton, grew alarmed by Giuliani's efforts, in conjunction with White House chief-of-staff Mick Mulvaney, to pressure Ukraine.
Hill also quoted the national-security adviser, who resigned in September, as saying: "Giuliani is a hand grenade who's going to blow everybody up". She said Bolton told her to tell the White House lawyer, "I [Bolton] am not part of whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up".
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and her caucus are keeping the American people and the White House largely in the dark about the specifics of the process, Levin claimed Tuesday on "The Mark Levin Show" on Westwood One.
In the letter to attorney Lee Wolosky, White House Deputy Counsel Michael Purpura cited the doctrine of executive privilege, which is meant to protect communications between the president and close advisers to ensure candid, private advice.
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"This appears to be an unconstitutional, baseless, and illegitimate 'impeachment inquiry, '" Mr Sale wrote, echoing language the White House used last week.
Democrats have accused Mr Trump of pressuring a vulnerable U.S. ally to dig up dirt on Mr Biden after withholding $391 million in United States security aid meant to help combat Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of Ukraine.
Trump has accused Biden of trying to protect his son's Ukraine business ties while serving as vice president, but no evidence of wrongdoing has been produced. But she has been smeared by Giuliani, his associates, and a corrupt Ukrainian prosecutor general who has since recanted his allegations.
Trump has admitted asking Zelensky for help to investigate Biden, but said it was for legitimate suspicions of corruption and not political reasons.
On CBS' 60 Minutes two weeks ago, McCarthy seemed inexplicably lost when told that Trump told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, "I would like you to do us a favor, though". Trump eventually allowed aid.
Trump has denied wrongdoing and defended his request to Zelenskiy during the phone call, which prompted a formal whistleblower complaint by an individual within the USA intelligence community.
According to State Department emails seen by Reuters, diplomat Kent told colleagues that Yovanovitch had become the target of a "classic disinformation operation".