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Politics Trump files to dismiss lawsuit from Bolton aide on impeachment testimony

05:15  15 november  2019
05:15  15 november  2019 Source:   thehill.com

Impeachment: Ex-Trump adviser John Bolton faces tightrope as Democrats seek his testimony on Ukraine

  Impeachment: Ex-Trump adviser John Bolton faces tightrope as Democrats seek his testimony on Ukraine If he shows up Thursday, Bolton would be the highest-ranking Trump administration official to testify in the impeachmnt inquiry.Bolton is a hard-charging hawk who clashed repeatedly with his boss, President Donald Trump, and left the White House under acrimonious circumstances. But he is also a GOP stalwart who will likely resist becoming a pawn in the House Democrats' polarizing impeachment probe.

President Trump on Thursday moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an aide to former national security adviser John Bolton who was seeking a ruling on whether he must comply with a congressional subpoena to testify in the House impeachment .

President Trump on Thursday moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an aide to former national security adviser John Bolton who was seeking a ruling on whether he must comply with a congressional subpoena to testify in the House impeachment inquiry.

President Trump on Thursday moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an aide to former national security adviser John Bolton seeking a ruling on whether he must comply with a congressional subpoena to testify in the House impeachment inquiry.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Trump files to dismiss lawsuit from Bolton aide on impeachment testimony© Aaron Schwartz Trump files to dismiss lawsuit from Bolton aide on impeachment testimony

The filing to the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., cited Trump's official capacity as president. In it, he sought to have a judge dismiss White House official Dr. Charles Kupperman lawsuit seeking guidance on whether he should comply with the subpoena or the president's directive not to comply.

An attorney for Trump argued that the president's direction should overrule any prospective court ruling.

"Just as the President controls the exercise of executive privilege for information that Dr. Kupperman possesses, he was also the decision-maker on whether the immunity be invoked," the filing states. "And now that the President has made the decision to invoke the immunity and directed Dr. Kupperman accordingly, the proper course is to abide by that direction rather than ask this Court what he is supposed to do."

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