Bolton knows about meetings not yet investigated, lawyer says

Source: Politico | November 8, 2019 | Andrew Desiderio and Kyle Cheney

The attorney stressed the importance of Bolton’s appearance before impeachment investigators.

Former national security adviser John Bolton has knowledge of “many relevant meetings and conversations” related to the House’s impeachment inquiry that have not yet been disclosed to investigators, his attorney said Friday.

In a letter to House General Counsel Douglas Letter, Charles Cooper underscored the importance of Bolton’s appearance before impeachment investigators, but emphasized his view that a federal court should decide whether Bolton must comply with the House’s demand for testimony.

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,” Cooper wrote.

Cooper also represents Charles Kupperman, Bolton’s former deputy, who had asked a federal court whether he was required to comply with a subpoena seeking his testimony. The White House stepped in to block Kupperman from testifying, and Democrats believed they would have done the same for Bolton. The House withdrew the subpoena for Kupperman this week.

The leaders of the three House committees leading the impeachment inquiry decided on Thursday that they would not issue a subpoena to Bolton, effectively giving up on securing his testimony. Bolton was due to appear for a deposition Thursday, and Cooper informed the committees that his client would challenge a subpoena in court.

A House Intelligence Committee official called Bolton’s posture a delay tactic, and said investigators had no interest in entertaining a months-long court battle. Instead, the official said, Bolton’s refusal to testify would be used as evidence against President Donald Trump of obstruction of Congress.

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