Breaking via NYT: John Bolton instructed Fiona Hill to notify the chief lawyer for the National Security Council that Rudy Giuliani was working with Mick Mulvaney on a rogue operation with legal implications, Hill told the investigators.
Well look at this. Dems impose tight secrecy on impeachment interviews. Can't let witnesses coordinate their stories! And yet, a detailed version of damaging parts of Fiona Hill testimony appears in NYT. Meanwhile, Republicans obey secrecy rules.
This is about more than just one phone call. It’s about a concerted effort by Donald Trump and those around him to abuse our diplomatic relationships for his personal political gain. He must be impeached—and everyone involved must be held accountable.
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Breaking News: John Bolton was said to be so alarmed by efforts to pressure Ukraine that he told an aide to alert White House lawyers: “Giuliani’s a hand grenade."
On the "drug deal" quote: 1 person in the room during Hill’s testimony initially said Bolton mentioned Rudy, but 2 others now say Hill said he actually cited Sondland: “I am not part of whatever drug deal Sondland & Mulvaney are cooking up"
Yikes. “I am not part of whatever drug deal Rudy and Mulvaney are cooking up,” John Bolton, a Yale-trained lawyer, told Ms. Hill to tell White House lawyers, according to the testimony.
“I am not part of whatever drug deal Rudy and Mulvaney are cooking up.” The other dynamite John Bolton quote in this story's in the headline.
The quotes sound like the John Bolton I know. I can hear them in his voice.
You may not care for his ideology, but Bolton recognized law-breaking where he saw it. Law-breaking isn't left or right; it's just criminal.
NEWS: Then-Trump NSA John Bolton instructed his aide Fiona Hill to report Giuliani pressure campaign to a WH lawyer. “I am not part of whatever drug deal Rudy and Mulvaney are cooking up.” by
No one wants to go down with this ship, it seems.
Policy wonks were always so comforted by the presence of Hill and other level headed folks in the White House, but according to her testimony, they were deliberately circumvented on Russia and Ukraine.
Eisenberg knew about the quid pro quo BEFORE Trump called Zelensky. Then Eisenberg buried the telcon that contained the quid pro quo. Pure cover-up.
Even crazy warmonger Bolton knows a crooked scheme — a "drug deal" — when he sees one.
Bolton Objected to Ukraine Pressure Campaign, Calling Giuliani ‘a Hand Grenade’
“I am not part of whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up" is surely the best quote of the Ukraine affair thus far. And it's by, of all people, John Bolton.
July 10: Witness tells Eisenberg that Sondland has just discussed a meeting-for-investigation deal with Ukrainians in WH. After July 25: On Eisenberg's orders, NSC moves transcript of Trump-Zelensky call to ultra-classified system.
Here is Hill's account of Sondland confirming, in her presence and Bolton's, that Mulvaney had authorized a quid pro quo of Trump-Zelensky meeting in exchange for Ukraine investigations.
“‘I am not part of whatever drug deal Rudy and Mulvaney are cooking up,’ Mr. Bolton, a Yale-trained lawyer, told Ms. Hill to tell White House lawyers, according to the testimony.”
So are Trump's shady dealings with Ukraine still a plot cooked up by the "left," when that paragon of the right, John Bolton, was so alarmed by the consequences that he told an aide to warn White House lawyers?
Bolton Objected to Ukraine Pressure Campaign, Calling Giuliani ‘a Hand Grenade’
Well, John Bolton sure knew a gangster operation when he saw one
"'I am not part of whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up,' Mr. Bolton, a Yale-trained lawyer, told Ms. Hill to tell White House lawyers, according to two people at the deposition."
“Giuliani’s a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up,” said #JohnBolton, then-national-security-adviser, back in July. He asked an aide to alert White House lawyers to a “rogue operation” conducted by Giuliani and Trump’s chief of staff Mulvaney.
Imagine the implications of a timeline in which JOHN BOLTON is the good guy
Bolton Objected to Ukraine Pressure Campaign, Calling Giuliani ‘a Hand Grenade’
Bolton Objected to Ukraine Pressure Campaign, Calling Giuliani ‘a Hand Grenade’
“I am not part of whatever drug deal Rudy and Mulvaney are cooking up,” Mr. Bolton... told Ms. Hill to tell White House lawyers."
John Bolton plays voice of reason.
So many people are reading this and saying what's happening I'm agreeing with John Bollton some bastard has slipped LSD into my metamucil
Thank you Fiona Hill for testifying & truth telling. It helps me appreciate not only your integrity, but also value of having expertise in govt -- Roman Szporluk, one of your advisors, was my critical mentor . His integrity has inspired.