Trump impeachment: Schiff expects battle over key witness John Bolton


After getting a subpoena on Friday, the former deputy national security adviser Charles Kupperman quickly filed a lawsuit in the United States district court in Washington.

During that time, there were numerous reports from inside the White House about the conflict between Kelly and other officials, including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner who routinely ignored Kelly's efforts to control access to the President and essentially went behind his back to get information supporting their positions to the President. White House officials have tried, with some success, to block current and former government officials from testifying in the inquiry.

Philip Reeker, the acting assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, met with the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight committees behind closed doors at the U.S. Capitol. As the fiscal cliff deadline looms, Congress and the White House have still not reached a compromise.

Charles Kupperman failed to show up for a scheduled deposition Monday after asking a federal court in Washington for guidance on whether he was legally required to do so. If he would have said that, I would have thrown him out of the office.

Cooper declined comment when asked if the lawsuit filed on Kupperman's behalf is an indication of how Bolton will handle the House request for testimony, but it appears unlikely that he would seek different accommodations for his two clients. "We believe the arguments of both Branches are substantial and offered in good faith", Cooper wrote, saying it would not be appropriate for Kupperman to resolve what he called a "momentous Constitutional dispute".

Kathryn Wheelbarger, acting assistant secretary of defense for global security, is scheduled to appear on Wednesday, and Tim Morrison, a top White House adviser on Russian Federation and Europe, is scheduled for Thursday.

Representative Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said the ruling ignored historical precedents set by past impeachment inquiries and that he looked forward to "an expeditious appeal".

"The people who are against him, and who have been against him and working against him since the day they took office, are just that", she said.

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Kelly said "I feel bad that I left", but added that the system now in place should probably protect the president while advising them. "Neither he nor Bolton would have turned a blind eye to what they saw as fundamentally inappropriate and wrong behavior".

Trump had grown increasingly irritated with Bolton for his statements on Iran, Venezuela and Afghanistan, and felt that Bolton could no longer advocate for the President's agenda, a senior administration official told CNN at the time. He was an adviser to Bolton for more than 30 years and served various roles in President Reagan's administration, including in the White House and on an advisory committee on arms control.

He worked in the Reagan White House and was an executive at Boeing and Lockheed Martin before joining the Trump administration in January.

Bolton, who was ousted by Trump in September, is seen by Democrats as a key witness who could prove critical in nailing the president for corruptly leaning on Ukraine to help in his re-election campaign.

Meanwhile, an ex-White House adviser who's supposed to testify before House impeachment investigators today has asked a federal court whether he should comply with a subpoena or follow Mr Trump's directive against co-operating in what the president dubs a "scam".

But Bolton's move to add another like-minded GOP hawk to Trump's national security team raised immediate questions as Trump had already begun indulging his non-interventionist instincts in the Middle East with his plans to pull out of Syria and withdraw some troops from Afghanistan - in spite of Bolton and other aides' opposition.

Despite their political differences, Ross said he never knew Kupperman to be anything but straightforward.